Trees provide nutritious fruit, nuts, and leaves, giving people stable supplies of food, even when other crops fail. They provide an alternative, reliable source of food, supporting communities to adapt to the effects of the climate crisis. That's why we support people to grow trees as a source of nutritious food.
This is our food security and nutrition approach.
When you rely on farmland for your food and income, climate change makes life tough and unpredictable. Too much or too little rain, rising temperatures and poor-quality soil mean that communities struggle to grow enough food.
In many cases, families are forced to eat only once a day and fill up on starchy food like rice, which lacks vital nutrients. As a result, malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies are common where we work, especially in children.
We work with communities to grow and protect trees because they keep land fertile and help crops to thrive.
If crops fail because of flooding or drought, trees survive, providing nutritious fruit, nuts and leaves, to eat or sell. This gives people stable supplies of food in the face of the climate crisis.
We grow trees that have products that are rich in important nutrients.
Take the baobab tree. The baobab fruit is a superfood, packed with vitamins. Likewise, the moringa tree, whose nutritious leaves are ready to eat after just three months of growth
The food security and nutrition approach is at the heart of our Growing Food & Incomes project. During this project, we have grown nutrition gardens with communities in Burkina Faso, which produce nutritious food and incomes for communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis.