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We need you to Root for Change today, to help communities thrive tomorrow.
£5 a month over the course of a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£8 a month over 12 months could provide a family with the tools they need in order to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£14 a month for a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£15 a quarter over the course of a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£24 a quarter over one year could provide a family with the tools they need to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£42 a quarter for a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£60 a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£96 a year could provide a family with the tools they need in order to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£170 a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£35 could provide a family with three amazing trees; mango, moringa & cashew. This trio gives edible fruit, leaves, and nuts packed with vitamins and minerals. They fight hunger and malnutrition all year round and produce can be sold to earn extra income.
£66 could support a local community to manage and protect 50 hectares of forest. They would agree a management plan for the forest, learn to develop community boundaries, create firebreaks and organise community patrols.
£144 could train six people in farmer-managed natural regeneration. As well as planting new trees, the training helps communities to regenerate shrubby trees. The right pruning can help a bushy tree become a big established tree that protects the soil and provide fruits, seeds and nuts.

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In the face of the climate crisis, we can all play our part in growing positive and practical solutions. Trees help to tackle the climate crisis while supporting communities to prepare for the changes it will bring.

Donate to the Root for Change appeal this Christmas to support people like Baata to build resilience to the effects of the climate crisis and grow the roots for a better, greener future.

Join a growing movement

Globally, countries in the drylands of Africa are hardest hit by the effects of the climate crisis, despite contributing to it the least. We believe this is fundamentally unjust and that tackling poverty and the environment are inseparable.

For people living here like Baata and his family, weather patterns are becoming more erratic and droughts and floods are becoming more frequent and severe. The dry season is lasting even longer meaning crops die and people struggle to grow enough food to eat and sell.

You can make an impact. Join us as we work with local communities to grow trees and learn how to care for them, helping them thrive for years to come.

The power of roots

Trees have been proven to be one of the most effective solutions in the fight against the climate crisis. They have the power to change the environment and the lives of those who depend on them. 

For the people we work with, trees mean stability. Their roots stop soil and nutrients being washed away in floods and store water for the dry season, helping crops to grow. Roots are the support system for trees, absorbing nutrients and storing water to make each tree thrive.

Root for Change

This Christmas, stand with us and tackle the climate crisis, by growing trees and restoring land. Together, we have the power to Root for Change.

Rooting for a better future

Global attention is shifting to bold nature-based solutions like ours that mean communities can build resilience to the climate crisis while tackling the causes that drive it. By growing trees alongside farming crops, communities can diversify their incomes, a vital step in building resilience to climate shocks.

The solution to the climate crisis is rooted in the knowledge and expertise of local communities. We work with them so they can access the tools and training they need to grow the right trees in the right places, growing the roots to build a greener future.

Baata Awujani planting tree saplings in the soil, © 2019 Tree Aid.

How you can help

As the world faces a climate emergency, we can all play our part to plant trees, protect natural resources and restore land to build resilience to climate shocks and extreme weather events. 

Trees are drought and flood-resistant so provide an alternative source of food and income when crops get washed away in floods or die in drought. With your support, people can grow trees to ensure they are ready for what the future holds.

With a little action from a lot of people, together we can join to make bold steps to tackle the climate crisis. 

What is agroforestry?

Planting trees and crops alongside each other, known as agroforestry, helps farmers' crops to grow and diversify their food and income sources. Trees improve the soil, allowing it to absorb more water and add carbon to the soil helping crops to grow. 

We also train communities in Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR), one of the most effective ways to increase tree cover. Falling seeds are protected by farmers so they can grow into seedlings and small trees. The farmers water them and and carefully prune them to encourage growth.