Forests play a vital role in India, where about 275 million people depend directly on forest resources. They provide material for industry, food, timber, and fuel. Small and medium-sized farms rely on fruit trees to provide income and food security to their families and communities. In May 2019, Cyclone Fani made landfall in the state of Odisha on India's eastern coast. As one of the most devastating cyclones in India's history, Fani uprooted at least hundreds of thousands of trees, possibly as many as 10 million.
Our reforestation partner in India will be focusing on two areas. One project is planting fruit trees in Marora, Ghaghas, and their surrounding villages. The trees will be planted on land owned by local farmers and community organizations including orphanages, aged care homes, and residential schools for the underprivileged. Here, a single fruit tree can provide food security and income for 50 years or more. The other project focuses on the damage caused by Cyclone Fani, planting fruit trees to restore the sustainable livelihoods of the small-holder farmers in the region.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our India projects, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner in India will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant, depending on the time of year. Fruit trees native to India include banana, Indian gooseberry, pears, pomegranate, mango, and grapes.
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Unlike many countries, India’s forest cover has actually increased in recent years. This is good news on the surface, but it's important to make sure forests are increasing for the right reasons. Sometimes 'monoculture' tree plantations (designed to grow quickly, often for wood production or agricultural purposes) can actually damage a region's natural ecosystem and encourage the use of pesticides and chemicals.
We are committed to avoiding this type of 'monoculture' planting in India, and have chosen a partner who takes a multi-faceted approach to planting trees. The organization focuses on planting fruit trees in community lands and homesteads of marginal farmers with small landholdings. When these trees mature, they provide a sustainable source of food and additional income to local community members. Working with NGOs and self-help groups – especially women - on a local level, our partner identifies villages and farmers that already have access to land where agro-forestry and fruit tree planting will diversify the local economy, as well as promoting biodiversity and cleaning the air and water.
Fruit trees can provide food and nutrients to communities for over 50 years. Healthy trees can sustain an entire family for a lifetime.
India contains more than 7% of the world’s biodiversity on 2.5% of the Earth’s surface. Planting native fruit trees will help protect vital habitat for plants & animals.
Rural populations rely on agricultural produce for a source of income. Planting fruit trees provides guaranteed earnings.