Thanks to the support of Hennessy, Reforest'Action is helping the NGO Agriwezesha to develop agroforestry in the Morogoro region, close to the Uluguru protected reserve, over a two-year period.
Overview of the project
Number of trees to be planted: 440,000 trees in 2022-2023, 500,000 trees in 2023-2024
Species planted: Mandarine Orange, Sweet orange, Lemon, Avocado, Pitche, Apple, Sydney blue gum, Croton tree, Pine, Acacia meansii, Albizia, Ficus, Cypres and Gravelia
Project type: reforestation and agroforestry
Planting period: March to May
Accompanied by a local partner, the NGO Agriwezesha, Maison Hennessy and Reforest'Action aim to contribute to the creation of income and means of subsistence from the trees planted in agroforestry for the local communities, as well as to the preservation of the natural resources of the Uluguru reserve, in particular through the extension of a wooded buffer zone to mark the boundary between the protected reserve and the agricultural land.
The project is taking place in the Mvomero district, in the Morogoro region, a mountainous area where forest cover is particularly under threat. Tens of thousands of hectares of forest are lost to cultivation every year, and uncontrolled logging in national forests persists.
To restore the region's forest ecosystems, this major project plans to plant 440,000 trees in the 2022-2023 season and 500,000 trees in the 2023-2024 season.
During the 2022-2023 season, the project focused on two areas in particular:
- The edge of the Uluguru forest reserve, considered to be of great ecological interest and a refuge for many birds. The aim is to establish a wooded buffer zone to provide local communities with firewood resources and to separate agricultural land from the forest reserve.
- 25 villages where 6,000 farmers have been supported in developing agroforestry.
For the 2023-2024 season, the aim is to involve up to 25 additional villages in the project, with a view to providing long-term support.
On the ground, the NGO Agriwezesha, Reforest'Action's partner on the project, is supporting the producers at every stage, raising their awareness of sustainable agricultural practices and training them in the long-term maintenance of the trees planted.
Benefits of the project
Extending the edge of the Uluguru forest reserve will help to sequester carbon, ensure the continuity of the forest cover and preserve the natural habitats necessary for the genetic diversity of ecosystems and their resilience.
The development of agroforestry will help to boost crop productivity, restore soil and limit erosion, as well as generating additional income for the farmers.