TREE PLANTING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION IN THE RURAL AREAS OF UGANDA
The impact of deforestation in Uganda has caused diverse climate challenges which have led to the loss of income and thus poverty among the communities. It’s against this background that this project is initiated to address those challenges.
The declining soil fertility, land degradation and disappearance of natural tree cover in the Districts in western Uganda that resulted from deforestation for tobacco curing, poor farming practices such as monocropping, soil mining, unplanned human settlements, and rampant bush burning causing low yields of crops. This led to among other things stunted crops and hence, food and income insecurity, malnutrition, and other health problems. ;
This problem, however, could be addressed through increasing biomass at soil surface through afforestation hence organic matter content of the soil through planting of Agroforestry trees that can grow well with crops and demonstrating to the communities other soil and water conservation practices such as contour ridging, mulching, recycling crop residues and controlled burning and if the above not done, then food insecurity will persist, low incomes, malnutrition and generally poor standards of living will continue
The obstacle is aggravated by the fact that socially women and youth don’t own land so in some households. Youth and women may thus be unable to practice agro forestry. YOFICC believes that this can be solved through community sensitizations.
The communities will benefit through the technical knowledge in the establishment and management of Agroforestry trees, seedlings of Agroforestry trees will be distributed to the communities, technical knowledge in the soil, and water conservation will increase yields of crops and hence sold food and income insecurity problems and the environment will be conserved.
It is believed that the intervention will lead to increased crop and animal production which inter will improve the livelihoods of the beneficiaries who are mainly women that surround the primary schools as learning centers which are in line with Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) objectives. When addressed and communities learn the importance together with pupils it will encourage the young and old to advocate planting trees at households to improve on soil productivity potential and ensure food security at households.
This is what YOFICC has achieved with its stake holders in the last two years. And with your support can even spread further in protecting the environment and fighting climate change.