Rural farms in the Tominian district of Mali are at the mercy of the weather. If the rains don’t come, crops fail and food is scarce, whilst other sources of income are few and far between. This project uses native trees that are adapted to the arid landscape to produce marketable goods. Villagers are given the skills and equipment needed to create tree based businesses. Businesses based on these trees sell forest honey, shea nuts and tamarind fruit. The money from the sale of these products is used not only to buy food, but also clothes, education, healthcare, livestock, seeds and fertiliser.
To date, nurseries have produced a total of 25,594
seedlings over the course of the project with 15,096
planted out. This season 5,687 were raised and 3,347
seedlings were planted out. The orchards and plantations are well on their way!