Fruit trees. Community focus. And “disaggregation”.
1. Fruit trees for carbon sequestration
All trees are a powerful bio-mechanism for carbon sequestration. Through the mechanism of photosynthesis they absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide (one of the most significant greenhouse gases) and lock it up in their leaves, branches, trunks and roots.
Fruit trees provide the vital additional benefits of nutrition and income for farming families, and grow quickly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Our guiding principle is: the right tree in the right place for the right purpose. Planting a combination of nutrition-rich (avocado) and high market value (apple) trees, of locally-appropriate varieties, helps to ensure that farmers are committed to the long-term care and maintenance of the trees.
Mango tree seedlings were also included in the original planting plan for this project, but the plan was adapted when an infestation of mango white-scale disease meant they couldn’t be sourced locally. We will hope to include mangos, where appropriate, in future projects.
Zac Goodall from Riverford says:
“Boosting the use of perennial food sources like fruit trees will help to stabilise local food supplies, providing an important source of nutrition in a region that lacks diverse food sources, while also making their farming more resilient to climate change.”
Ongoing support, and measurement of the tree growth, will be delivered over the course of the project by a well-respected local development organisation, the Terepeza Development Association who we have been working with for many years. Carbon sequestration will be audited and verified annually by UK-based Climate Stewards.