Uganda has a rapidly growing population, which is putting a great deal of stress on the country's forests by increasing demand for firewood, pushing agricultural expansion, and expanding land settlement. As a result, Uganda now has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. In Northern Uganda, much of the forest has been cleared for charcoal production, degrading wildlife habitat and presenting a hardship for local farmers.
Our partners are working with local farmers in Paibona, Northern Uganda to plant trees on their land. These trees will provide the farmers with sustainable food and income by growing fruits, nuts, and medicines. In an area that has experienced extensive clear cutting for charcoal production, planting trees will improve agricultural yields, reduce soil erosion, and improve the health of the soil. It will also protect biodiversity by improving habitat and will provide a jump-off point for several other sustainable agroforestry projects in the area, improving the livelihoods of hundreds of Ugandan farmers.
A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Uganda project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
A variety of trees will be planted based on the needs of specific sites. These include indigenous trees such as the shea (Vitellaria paradoxa), which produces shea butter; Afzelia africana, an endangered hardwood; and several Acacia species. Useful non-indigenous trees include Grevillea robusta, Gmelina arborea, and Leucaena leucocephala, as well as fruit trees like avocado and papaya.
Planting native tree species is critically important after deforestation. They help reduce the spread of invasive species and to retain the soil, prevent erosion, and ensure that other plants have adequate nutrients to grow.
Improve economic Outcomes
Communities in Northern Uganda often rely heavily on forest resources for fuel, food, and a source of income. This project gets farmers involved in building new economic opportunities that are more sustainable and forest friendly.
Protect Endangered Species
Uganda is one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa. Home to endangered species like Chimpanzees, wild dogs, and most of the region's endemic bird species, planting trees here gives them a better chance of survival.