For many people in northern Ghana, the Daka river is a vital source of water for drinking, washing, cooking, and farming. But a rapid loss of trees and soil fertility, and the effects of the climate crisis, mean that the water level can easily run low, and the river dries out for months on end.
For local people, this has made growing enough food difficult. As a result, many people are living in poverty. But trees offer a solution. Throughout this project we have grown trees to restore the river and the land for future generations.
Working with local people, we set out to grow millions of trees to provide food and incomes and restore the river and land.
The trees we plant mean stability and protection for the people living along the river. The roots stabilise the soil and prevent nutritious topsoil from being washed away in floods. They also help improve the land's fertility so that other crops can grow and provide communities with food.
After four years this project was completed in February 2022, in that time nearly 3.2 million trees were grown along the Daka river. We supported 2,285 households with tools and training to help them restore and protect their land.
Some techniques they were taught include bushfire management, tree grafting and assisted natural regeneration (ANR) — a method used to restore ecosystems. With this technique, 1,458,222 trees have been regenerated.