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Community Reforestation, Uganda

Working with 6,000 farmers to improve financial security and build sustainable livelihoods through community based tree planting programmes

Project overview

  • Region: Africa

  • Project type: Agricultural, Forestry and landscapes

  • Standards: CCB, VCS

The Uganda Community Reforestation project organises hundreds of small community based tree planting initiatives on lands owned by subsistence farmers. Under traditional practices, farmers clear trees to increase available agricultural land, a process which erodes quality by removing nutrients from the soil. Forestry projects such as this combine carbon sequestration with sustainable development, helping to improve community livelihoods through education and training, and create additional sources of income beyond smallholder farming.

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers other sustainable development benefits including:

  • Gender Equality: Small farming groups must include men and women. Women are also given access to leadership training and managerial responsibility.
  • Life on Land: The project provides a sustainable supply of fuelwood which reduces pressure on nearby areas of High Conservation Value.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: Training helps build the overall economy by strengthening business capacity. Increasing marketable foods, such as fruits, nuts, and honey, has allowed many farmers to sell a greater range and volume of products to nearby markets.
  • Quality Education: Through newsletters and small group seminars, training is provided on preparing and developing tree nurseries, conservation farming techniques, and the importance of health and hygiene issues.
  • Zero Hunger: Use of conservation farming techniques such as intercropping, can lead to double crop yields.

Read More information to find out how the project delivers other sustainable development benefits.

  • No Poverty: Farmers participating in the project receive money every year for the trees they have planted, use clippings from trees for fuel to help reduce their fuel expenditures and the trees provide additional sustainable benefits such as improved crop yield, improved environment, and marketable commodities such as fruits, nuts, and honey.
  • Good Health and Well-being: Through small group clustor meetings, participants are trained in a variety of health matters including HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. The project also provides assistance with the building and use of fuel-efficient stoves, which help minimise indoor air pollution and the associated health implications for families exposed.

Farmers receive annual payment for each successfully planted tree, and additional income as trees grow and sequester carbon.

Around 280,000 hectares (one third) of Uganda’s valuable high forest has been degraded for firewood or agriculture.

Joyce Myrangi’s Story

I used to have a problem of not enough food for my family. When I started conservation farming through this initiative, the food supply increased and now I have surplus to sell. This has enabled me to send my children to school and improve our standard of living.

The opportunity to meet the farmers involved in the project gave Toni Robinson from Grundon Waste Management a new perspective on the impact of the project, bringing to life her company’s communications with customers and prospects.

Watch the video to learn more about the project through Toni’s visit to Uganda.