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Harnessing the power of shea trees

Learn about our work implementing the Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project See all Ghana projects

The Project

The project is part of the Ghana Landscapes Shea Emissions Reduction Project, and is funded by the Global Shea Alliance. It will take place in the Gushiegu Municipal District, Mion District, and Yendi Municipal District in the Northern Region of Ghana.

This project started in August 2022, and will end in September 2025.

Tree Aid currently works in these three districts as part of the Daka River Restoration project funded by Ecosia, which aims to grow over 2 million trees in riparian buffer zones, open parklands, and farmlands in 61 villages. This project will continue our work, harnessing the power of shea trees to reduce emissions and restore land.

Learn how shea trees are transforming lives and livelihoods

Why is this project needed?

There is a huge opportunity for communities in this region to benefit from shea trees, however their potential is not currently being utilized.

At present, these shea trees are being cut down to open space for farming and to process charcoal - following the trend of rising deforestation and land degradation in the country's agricultural regions.

By planting and regeneration shea trees, and training farmers in climate-smart farming methods, such as agroforestry, we aim to reduce and reverse the emissions caused by deforestation, and provide local communities with a long-term,sustainable alternatives to cutting wood for timber, charcoal and farmland.

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    improved cookstoves will be provided to women's business groups

Our aims

During this project, we will:

  • Restore 2029 hectares of land through 200 female extension volunteers. We'll do this by promoting agroforestry, Soil and Water Conservation (SWC), agro-silvo pastoral land use, and shea tree growing and management techniques.
  • Invest in 4 nurseries, and plant more than 200,000 seedlings. This will include the in-situ grafting of 15,000 shea trees in the field, and more than 120,000 shea trees in total.
  • We will help to establish 3 women’s cooperatives, who will come together to sell their tree products collaboratively. These cooperatives will be trained on shea aggregation, marketing, auditing and warehousing.
  • 1000 improved cookstoves will be distributed to women group members - this will help reduce pressure on local forests for firewood.

Image: Community members grafting shea seedlings


This project has been made possible by funding from the Global Shea Alliance and Soroptimist International