Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, where most people rely on the land for food and income. But in a country which is already two-thirds desert, the effects of the climate crisis are making farming even more unpredictable.
The Koulikoro region of Mali has been particularly affected by droughts and deforestation. As a result, the land is rapidly losing its fertility and it is becoming harder for people to grow enough food.
A total of 308,203 trees were planted in the project, exceeding the original goal of 255,000. In addition, 5,000 seedlings were planted by students from 50 schools through the '1 student, 1 tree' initiative.
714 hectares of severely degraded communal land have been completely closed off from all destructive activities such as livestock grazing and tree cutting, and training was provided to 2,000 lead farmers on tree planting, tree grafting, tree care and bush fire management. These farmers will be responsible for sharing their knowledge with the rest of the community.
Awareness campaigns have run throughout the communities to ensure buy-in – including through local radio shows. The project has also worked with municipal and traditional leadership structures to ensure support and sustainability for the project.
We were proud be partner with Timberland (www.timberland.co.uk) for this project, helping them to bring their 50 million tree commitment to life. We are working with a local partner, The Association for the Development of Promotion and Training Activities (ADAF/Gallé), to implement this project.