At Tree Aid, our vision is thriving, sustainable communities across the drylands of Africa. We believe that tackling poverty and protecting the environment are inseparable. That’s why we work together with local people to grow trees and restore land, to fight poverty and the effects of the climate crisis.
Our projects make an impact right now, and are helping protect everyone’s future. They provide food and income for communities, tackling poverty today. They also offer long-term change, improving the environment and soil fertility, and tackling the effects of the climate crisis, for tomorrow.
Led by local people, our approach makes sure trees thrive so they can provide nutritious food and incomes today, and look after the environment for the future.
Together, we influence policy and push for change that protects trees, people’s livelihoods and our planet.
Tree Aid was established as a charity in 1987 by foresters in response to famine in Ethiopia. They wanted to provide a long-term solution once emergency relief efforts ended. They believed that trees offered exactly that — and they were right.
Since then, we have restored 164,822 hectares of degraded land, supported 38,650 people to develop enterprise groups selling seeds, fruits and nuts from trees for sustainable income, and grown 24,542,563 trees across the Sahel region.
Tree Aid works in partnership with community-based organisations, local, national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government agencies and international organisations. We work with trusted partners led by local people. They have specialised expertise and a clear understanding of local issues.