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At Charmio we believe that reforestation projects combined with stopping deforestation are a vital part of restoring the planet, with this in mind the Buy a Tee, Plant a Tree project allows you to participate in international reforestation projects while you shop. For every item purchased from the Charmio store, one tree will be planted with trees for the future as a representation of your support and participation.

Who are Trees for the Future?

Trees for the Future aims to improve the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalising degraded lands. They give them the tools, skills and trees required in order to begin their own Forest Garden which then allows the farmers to become self sufficient to provide for them and their families.

The Problem

We are losing trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our food system destroys our ecosystems. Most of this degradation occurs in the developing tropics of Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia where hundreds of millions of chronically-hungry, smallholder farming families use destructive and short-sighted agricultural practices that further degrade their communities trees, soil, water, and biodiversity, making them even more likely to migrate and more vulnerable to the climate change that lies ahead.

Their Solution

They have an initiative called the “Forest Garden Program”, it is a simple, replicable and scalable approach with proven success. By planting specific types of fast-growing trees, fruit trees, hardwoods and food crop in a systematic manner over a 4 year period, families can positively change their lives forever. Forest Gardens consist of thousands of trees that provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, wood for fuel and a 400% increase in their annual income in four years.

The challenge is how to train millions of farmers to plant Forest Gardens.  Most smallholder farmers world-wide have low-literacy skills, are highly dispersed, chronically hungry, and living in extreme poverty. They own, on average, less than five acres, and are dependent upon tree products from local forests for their survival.

The Goals

We see converting degraded and denuded farmland into Forest Gardens one of the planet’s best ideas for eliminating hunger, extreme poverty, deforestation and for lessening humanity’s contributions to climate change. TREES ‘ Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG) is to break the cycle of poverty and eradicate hunger for our first 1 million people by planting 500 million trees in 125,000 Forest Gardens by 2025. This will involve working with approximately 125,000 families to revitalize a quarter of a million acres, coupled with interventions at different levels of the value chain (related to inputs, credit, water and marketing) to ensure the long term sustainability and continuous spread of Forest Gardens.
If we can grow a movement by convincing massive numbers of farmers across any given landscape
to plant Forest Gardens, we can, first and foremost, eliminate chronic hunger and extreme poverty
on that landscape, but even more, at scale we will have a program that can reverse deforestation and
meaningfully begin to mitigate climate change.

How Does It Work?

They are currently working They identify a group of farmers – typically around 300 at a time who have great need for assistance and a high likelihood of success. Farmers provide the land, labour and water; a powerful entrepreneurial determination and an inspiring sense of ownership. TREES provides training, mentoring, seeds and nursery supplies for each family. We guide the large groups of farmers through the process of using trees to protect, diversify, and eventually optimise their crop land. We continue working with the farmers for the 4 years it takes to fully establish the Forest Garden and continue to offer ongoing coaching and regular visits.

Where Do They Operate?

They are currently working with over 4,000 farming families across six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our focus is on the implementation of Forest Garden Programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Guinea and Tanzania, as these are areas where we are having the biggest impact and seeing amazing results. See their country Programs.

The Impact

You can find out about the impact they are having on the local communities and people through their published Impact Report.

To find out more you can visit their website

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