Plant a Tree in Tanzania
Did you know that the simple act of planting a tree can help build healthy communities in rural Africa? That’s because…
Everything is connected.
- Without fertile soil, food production declines and hunger increases
- Without adequate forest cover soils become depleted
- Without secure food supplies and clean water, good health is impossible.
Deforestation and land degradation are complex problems.
- An estimated 90 percent of people use fuelwood for cooking.
- Firewood and brush supply about 52 percent of all energy sources.
- Africa loses an estimated 5 million hectares of tropical forest area per year.
- Land degradation is estimated to affect about 230 million hectares annually.
Often, we don’t think about the fact that trees are a crucial ingredient to sustaining good health – especially in rural Africa. Trees provide many of life’s day-to-day necessities and:
- Help increase food production by returning moisture and nutrients to the soil.
- Add moisture to the air, which can increase rainfall and help combat famine producing drought.
- Provide food, medicine, wood products, fuel and income.
- Clean the air for the entire global community and help prevent global warming.
When you Plant a Tree in Africa, you’ll support plant trees and:
- Help establish locally run tree nurseries with multipurpose tree seedlings
- Provide tools, supplies and training to local groups (hoes, watering cans etc.)
- Support community education campaigns and school environmental clubs.
- Restore degraded lands and gullys