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Growing the Great Green Wall

Working with communities to plant and regenerate native trees

The project

The project, which began in 2022, will contribute to the Great Green Wall, working with communities to plant and regenerate native trees to regreen the area of Massantola in the Koulikoro region.

Tree Aid will support local communities through the provision of training and equipment, as well as the establishment of community-based nurseries to raise trees that will be planted across farmland and degraded communal land. 

Learn more about Africa's Great Green Wall

Why is this project needed?

The climate crisis is causing temperatures to rise and weather patterns to shift across Africa. Land is losing fertility and people can't grow enough food. As a result, over one third of the population of Mali (43%) and Senegal (39%) are living in poverty. Here, many people face insecurity over their rights to natural resources. Women in particular rarely have access to the land, equipment and training they need to grow food to eat and sell.

Trees provide a solution, improving soil fertility and absorbing carbon dioxide to tackle the climate crisis. When crops fail to grow, trees survive to produce products to eat and sell, helping communities build resilience to the effects of the climate crisis.

Our aims

During the first year of this project, we are aiming to:

Increase tree coverage through Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), and tree planting. FMNR is a low-cost way of restoring land which is being used across Africa's drylands to combat poverty and hunger.

FMNR techniques include coppicing and pollarding to encourage the growth and recovery of existing trees and shrubs These techniques provide an easy, low-cost way for farmers to increase the number of trees available on their land.

  • Plant 80,000 new trees 
  • Regenerate 20,000 trees through FMNR


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    trees of economic importance planted

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    people trained in water and soil conservation  

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    Village Tree Enterprise Groups (VTEs) Created

Our Funder

This project is funded by European high-street fashion brand, Vero Moda