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Deforestation is one of the greatest challenges facing many African nations, impacting the daily lives of farmers across the continent. Deforestation increases the likelihood of drought, famine and poverty.  As populations increase, land is cleared for food production and fuel energy. The best way to slow down rampant deforestation is by supporting and empowering rural communities in order to enable them to plant more trees and manage existing forests in a sustainable way.

Environmental preservation is one of CPAR’s top goals. Trees are a source of life. They increase food production, add moisture to the air, and help combat famine.

Everything is connected

  • Without fertile soil, food production declines and hunger increases
  • Without adequate forest cover, soils become depleted
  • Without secure food supplies and clean water, good health is impossible

Deforestation and land degradation are complex problems

  • An estimated 90 percent of people use fuelwood for cooking
  • Firewood and brush supply about 52 percent of all energy sources
  • From 2010-2015, there has been an estimated annual loss of 2.5 million hectares of forest area
  • Land degradation is estimated to affect about 230 million hectares annually

Trees are a source of life!

We don't often think about the fact that trees are crucial for sustaining good health, especially in rural Africa, where trees provide many of life's day-to-day necessities. Trees also:

  • Help increase food production by returning moisture and nutrients to the soil
  • Add moisture to the air, which can increase rainfall, in turn helping to combat famine-producing drought.
  • Are a source of food, medicine, wood products, fuel and income
  • Clean the air for the entire global community and help prevent global warming
  • Provide oxygen: One large tree can provide a day's supply of oxygen for four people

When you Plant a Tree in Africa you will:

  • Help establish locally run tree nurseries with multipurpose tree seedlings
  • Help provide tools, supplies and training to local groups (hoes, watering cans, etc.)
  • Support community education campaigns and school environmental clubs
  • Restore degraded lands and gullies 

Did you know?

Through the Plant a Tree initiative, CPAR has planted more than 66,575,700 trees in Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania.

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