Forestry projects funded by Reforest'Action in Africa aim to develop agroforestry or restore areas affected by deforestation, fully integrating local communities. Discover all the projects carried out across Africa:
Ivory Coast (Agneby Tiassa)
Kenya (Mount Kenya)
South Africa (Breede)
South Africa (Kuzuko)
Agroforestry in Morocco (Taza)
In 2021, a new agroforestry project was launched in the rural areas surrounding the city of Taza. 400,000 fruit trees, grown in local nurseries and treated with organic products, are planted on agricultural lands. This approach will limit soil erosion, promote local biodiversity and provide additional sources of income for the local communities.
Mangrove restoration in Senegal (Fatick)
Since 2021, a second project is taking place in the areas of Thies, Fatick and the Saloum Delta in partnership with the Senegalese association Nébéday. This vast project of reforestation, mangrove planting and environmental education of schoolchildren in the region started in September 2021 and will eventually contribute to the restoration of forest ecosystems as well as the preservation of natural resources.
Reforestation, agroforestry and mangrove restoration in Senegal (Kataba)
The Ziguinchor region, located in southern Senegal between Gambia and Guinea-Bissau, is marked by a strong erosion of its biodiversity, to which the armed conflicts of the 1980s and the demographic explosion have contributed. In addition to this environmental disaster, the salinisation of the land, i.e. the accumulation of salts with a high sodium content in the soil at levels that are toxic for fauna, flora and fungi, has led to the massive abandonment of this land. The result is a massive abandonment of this land, which gradually becomes infertile and evolves into bare and sterile spaces, unsuitable for any agricultural activity. This natural phenomenon is aggravated by climate change and the retreat of the region's forests, including the mangrove ecosystems that border the Casamance River. Reforest'Action is partnering with Karamba and BIOECO to develop a multi-dimensional project, which aims to reforest degraded land, develop agroforestry and restore mangrove areas, with the objective of eventually increasing forest cover around the communes of Kataba, Diouloulou and Kafountine, and thus contributing to the restoration of soil and biodiversity. Regenerative, the project will restore natural ecosystems while generating an additional social and economic impact for local communities who live mainly from agriculture, fishing, livestock and forest resources.
Agroforestry and mangrove restoration in Guinea (Boffa)
Guinea is experiencing increasing degradation of its environment and forests, which poses a threat to present and future generations. Traditional agriculture, artisanal salt extraction, fish smoking, mining and population explosion are the main causes of deforestation in rural areas. Carried out in the field by a Guinean NGO, RENASCEDD, the project aims to set up real forest gardens, notably composed of fruit trees (mango, avocado, cashew, orange), useful both to local communities and to the environment. These trees enable them to create shade for their underlying food crops, to feed themselves from the fruits harvested and to sell the surplus on local markets to obtain additional income. At the same time, a mangrove restoration activity is being undertaken on the coastlines of the Boffa region, in order to protect the surrounding villages from rising water levels and to preserve the biodiversity of the coastlines.
Agroforestry and reforestation among cocoa producers in Ivory Coast (Agneby-Tiassa)
The 234 classified forests in Ivory Coast, including the Séguié forest in the Agnéby-Tiassa region where our project is taking place, have lost more than 70% of their forest cover in the space of half a century. This is due to extensive agriculture and cocoa production, which have gained ground on the primary forests of Côte d'Ivoire, and the unsustainable exploitation of these forests to meet the growing need for firewood. It is in this context that Reforest'Action has joined forces with the Ivorian company Agro-Map to support cocoa producers in the forest of Séguié. The objective: to restore the forest of Séguié through the planting of forest species of local origin, such as fraké and framiré, and to create agroforestry systems that will make it possib
Agroforestry among coffee and cocoa farmers in Togo (Kpalime)
Strongly encouraged by the Togolese government in the 1970s, the economic sectors of coffee and cocoa today suffer from a lack of quality plants and ageing populations. In 20 years, coffee and cocoa plantations in Togo have lost a third of their production capacity. Alongside the Unité Technique Café Cacao du Togo (UTTC), a para-governmental institution, and the social enterprise Kinomé, Reforest'Action's mission is to restore these crops. The objective? To develop agroforestry in order to protect cocoa and coffee trees and enable them to be more profitable in the long term.
Agroforestry in Togo (Wawa)
Togo is currently facing major environmental problems, particularly due to the destruction of its forest cover. This is due to the practice of slash-and-burn cultivation, but also to the unregulated cutting of wood for domestic use or resale. These practices lead to soil erosion and degradation of arable land, which results in lower agricultural productivity and an increasingly difficult supply of firewood and timber for the local population. In villages in the prefectures of Kloto, Akebou and Wawa, the NGO APAF, Reforest'Action's partner in the field, is conducting the pilot phase of a project that aims to support the planting of 450,000 trees in one year and to train producers in various agroforestry techniques. This support promotes the introduction of fertilizer trees, as well as forest and fruit species over an area of more than 687 hectares to naturally and sustainably restore the soil. Ultimately, the approach will also promote the sustainable production of forest products such as wood, fruit and honey. The project will enhance the food security of local communities and enable producers to develop additional sources of income.
Agroforestry and reforestation in Kenya (Mount Kenya)
As a result of population growth, the expansion of cultivation, but also the felling of trees for charcoal production, Kenya now has only 7% forest cover, compared to 18% in the early 1960s. The forest on Mount Kenya provides a daily livelihood for more than 300,000 members of various ethnic communities, such as the Kikuyu and Maasai, drawing fruit, medicinal plants and water resources from their environment. Reforest'Action has joined forces with the local NGO Trees For Kenya, which since 2012 has been working with communities in Mount Kenya to restore the most degraded areas of its forest. The objective: to train local producers in the usefulness of including trees of various species (grey oak, pink cedar, Nile tulip tree, calliandra, avocado tree...) as integral components of their agriculture through the creation of agroforestry systems. At the same time, forest and indigenous species (water kisa, African plum, Meru oak...) are being planted to restore the heart of the Mount Kenya forest.
Agroforestry and reforestation in Tanzania (Morogoro)
Tanzania lost 19.4% of its forest area between 1990 and 2010, or about 8 million hectares of forest. Today, the country is still one of the most deforested in the world, with 400,000 hectares of forest destroyed per year. It is in this context that Reforest'Action has joined forces with the NGO Agriwezesha to plant 800,000 trees on 20,300 hectares over 2 years in the Morogoro region. The project aims to develop agroforestry and restore a protected forest reserve, to raise awareness of sustainable agricultural practices among local populations, and to support them in the sustainable management of their trees.
Agroforestry in Madagascar (Analamanga)
Extraordinarily rich in biodiversity, the forests of Madagascar are threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture. This practice, which has long been encouraged by the government and is now a common practice, aims to burn a plot of forest to enrich it with nitrogen before planting food crops. Located in the Analamanga region, the project consists of planting fast-growing, high-growing and fruit-bearing trees on the edge of water sources. The aim is to create agroforestry ecosystems and restore multifunctional forests capable of withstanding waves of drought. The associations 2400 Sourires and Siel Bleu are supporting this large-scale project, which also includes a major effort to raise awareness of environmentally friendly agricultural practices among local communities. The inhabitants are involved in the production of plants in the nurseries, an initiative that creates jobs. They actively participate in the preparation of the land to be reforested, the planting and the maintenance of the planted trees. At the same time, training programmes in agroecosystem preservation techniques are being implemented in the project areas, including a forest school dedicated to teaching environmentally friendly forestry and agricultural management techniques.
Reforestation in South Africa (Breede)
In the heart of the Western Cape, along the Breede River, the fight against the invasion of exotic plant species is a major challenge for the preservation of biodiversity and water. The invasion of exotic plants is indeed a national threat that jeopardises the stability of South African ecosystems by negatively affecting water resources, favouring fires and competing with local vegetation. The original forest cover of the West of the Breede River, composed notably of endemic trees such as the Breede River Yellow Wood, the wild olive tree, or the wild almond tree, has today practically disappeared. It is in this context that Reforest'Action is joining forces with the Western Cape Government and Breedekloolf Wine and Tourism. The objective: to restore the strength and diversity of this landscape to its former strength and diversity by fighting against exotic vegetation and replanting trees and shrubs of 36 different endemic species.
Reforestation of degraded pastures in South Africa (Kuzuko)
In the Eastern Cape, South Africa, land desertification is caused by the increasing pressure of livestock on pastureland. Today, the depletion of vegetation cover and the degradation of local farmers' land and surrounding reserves are causing many adverse environmental effects, such as depletion of water resources, loss of biodiversity and soil erosion. Reforest'Action is joining forces with C4 EcoSolutions and AfriCarbon, two South African companies, to restore these ecosystems through the planting of Spekboom, a local tree species that is essential to the ecological functioning of the region. The project will develop a new sustainable grazing management system to improve the carrying capacity of livestock without degrading the environment. Numerous benefits will also be generated: the return of biodiversity, particularly of an elephant population, improved rainwater infiltration, restoration of arable land, etc.
Planting hedgerows in Malawi (Lilongwe)
In this country where forests are disappearing to make way for crops, around 33,000 hectares of woodland are lost every year. In partnership with the NGO Inter Aide, Reforest'Action supports a project to plant hedgerows. Within this framework, 300,000 trees are planted over 3 years to restore agroecosystems while supporting the economic and social development of local communities.
Agroforestry in Nigeria (Jos)
Nigeria lost 60 million hectares of primary tropical forest during the 20th century. Today, the country continues to lose more than 5% of its forest area each year due to deforestation. Against this backdrop of severe deforestation in Nigeria, Reforest'Action has teamed up with local company Green Sahara to put trees and their countless benefits back into the heart of farmers' daily lives. Through the development of agroforestry systems that integrate trees around and within farmers' fields, farmers will benefit from the multiple ecosystem services provided by the planted trees, whether economic, such as the diversification of their production thanks to fruit trees and the generation of additional income through the sale of fruit on local markets, or environmental, such as the enrichment of cultivated soils thanks to the nutrients provided by the trees or the provision of a protective forest cover for the underlying crops. Ultimately, the integration of trees into agricultural plots will not only develop and sustain these new agroforestry systems, but also increase the productivity of their main crops, collected by Green Sahara Farms to be sold to local agro-industrial companies for export or domestic use.
Ecosystem restoration and agroforestry in Nigeria (Pankshin)
In Nigeria, one of the world's most deforested countries, forest cover and wildlife habitat are being lost to agricultural land. At the same time, the need for wood energy and the development of urban areas are contributing to the over-exploitation of natural resources. To the north-east of the city of Pankshin, capital of the Plateau State, this vast agroforestry, reforestation and conservation project plans to plant 240,000 trees over one year. Supported on the ground by the NGO CrescenDO, it includes a conservation area in the mountains and villages in the plains. On site, the nursery, planting and maintenance of the trees are carried out by the local communities, with technical support from CrescenDO. In the long term, this approach will help preserve biodiversity, restore forest ecosystems and prevent soil erosion. On a socio-economic level, the project will give local communities access to sustainably managed wood energy, in parallel with the development of income-generating activities such as the marketing of fruit from the trees planted in agroforestry.