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Meru and Nanyuki Community Reforestation

Empowering 61,000 farmers across 2,000 villages to build sustainable livelihoods through community reforestation activity

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Project overview

  • Region: Africa

  • Project type: Agricultural, Forestry and landscapes

  • Standards: CCB, VCS

Integrating reforestation to sequester carbon with community development activities, this community reforestation project based in the foothills of Mount Kenya, combines hundreds of individual tree planting activities and enables local communities to improve access to food and create additional sources of income beyond subsistence farming. In addition to generating revenue from the sale of carbon credits, the project provides training and facilities to improve crop production, grow trees as sources of food and medicine, and use wood more efficiently as fuel.

Sustainable Impacts
  • Biodiversity protection
  • Economic growth
  • Education and skills
  • Energy access
  • Financial security
  • Food security
  • Health and well-being
  • Infrastructure development
  • Job creation
  • Water stewardship
  • Women's empowerment
  • Economic growth: Training provided to assist in alternative income generating activities, such as beekeeping and wood product marketing, is helping build the overall economy and diversify products that can be sold to outside markets.
  • Health and well-being: The project also provides assistance with the building and use of more fuel-efficient stoves, which help minimise indoor air pollution and the associated health implications for families exposed.
  • Job creation: Approximately 60 Quantifiers, 10 auditors and eight leadership committee roles have been created through the project. Quantifiers, usually project members themselves, collect and log data on carbon sequestered.
  • Water stewardship: Reforestation activities improve the supply, consistency, and quality of the water available. Additionally, educational training around the importance of water filtering is helping to raise water hygiene and safety awareness.
  • Women’s empowerment: Small farming groups must include men and women. Women are also given access to leadership training and managerial responsibility.

Nearly 50% of farmers have increased their food supply through conservation farming, and over 10% have planted fruit and nut trees.

Eunice’s Story

Eunice recently attended a seminar held for farmers to learn about the benefits of the community reforestation project, and the impacts of reforestation in their community. Since attending the seminar, Eunice has decided to form a small group with her neighbours to plant trees like avocado and gravaria. She’s already started to apply some of the conservation farming techniques she has learned, and is planting a new bed of maize.

It's great to be involved in a project that goes beyond just buying tea, to work with the communities through some of the issues they're facing into the future

Ian Brabbin, Taylors of Harrogate

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