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Restoring Koulikoro

Growing trees and restoring the land to improve lives in Koulikoro.

The project

During this project, Tree Aid worked with communities in the Koulikoro region of Mali to restore and protect land, and improve people's diets and incomes. By providing people with the tools, training, and support they need, they were better able to improve their land and use it to improve their lives. 

This project helped to tackle poverty, hunger, and the effects of the climate crisis in the region. 

 

Why was this project needed?

In just one decade, the Koulikoro region of Mali lost 86% of its forests, most of which were cut down to make room for farms — this is known as deforestation. Many people living here rely on the forests for food and income, but with more trees being lost, this isn't easy.   

On top of this, the climate crisis is making the environment hotter and rainfall more unpredictable. As a result, people struggle to grow enough crops to eat or sell. 

Community members on the restoring Koulikoro project learning to restore their land.

Our aims

This three-year project (which finished in February 2022) aimed to train 300 farmers to grow and protect trees and restore degraded land. Women’s groups were supported to make fuel-saving stoves that use half the firewood of traditional stoves. This helped to reduce the amount of trees being cut down for firewood.

Communities grew baobab and moringa trees in nutrition gardens to provide nutritious food, all year round. Communities can now also sell surplus tree products grown in the gardens to earn an income. Through the project, locals have been supported to process and sell tree products like shea butter and soap. 

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    farmers will be trained

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    hectares will be restored

Our impact

During this project, we planted over 15,000 trees. Over 1,500 hectares of land is now being managed using sustainable natural resource management (NRM) techniques.

Through these techniques, over 150,000 trees were regenerated. 

Four nutrition gardens were set up, which will be used to grow nutritious foods, and the surplus will be sold. 

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    farmers trained

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    hectares of land restored

Our partners

This project is funded by the Turing Foundation. We are working with a local partner, The Association for the Development of Promotion and Training Activities (ADAF/Gallé) to implement this project.