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  • Ghana - Green Earth Appeal
    farmer groups and local schools Through sixty eight school projects and sixty six community groups the projects have ensured that over 730 trees have been planted Background For a country so rich in natural resources it is hard to believe that so many of Ghana s people still live in poverty Seventy nine percent of the country s population lives on less than a pound a day in spite of the fact that Ghana s economy has twice the per capita output than its West African neighbours Continued resource mismanagement and lack of environmental awareness means that the country and its peoples survival is under threat During the past half century Ghana s rainforests have been destroyed through logging over grazing brush fires and gold mining Ghana s economy still relies heavily on subsistence farming which accounts for over half the annual GDP and employs over eighty five percent of the population In spite of its reliance on farming environmental issues are impacting greatly on Ghana s agricultural industry Soil erosion is widespread decreasing crop yield and soil productivity In the north of the country the Sahelian Desert is spreading across deforested lands Ghana remains a country dependent on international financial support for its survival The Response The response to the environmental crisis in Ghana has been firstly focused in the north of the country where the Sahelian Desert is encroaching on the land Working with the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture KITA farmers have been taught about sustainable use of the land These programmes aim to improve the land and environment whilst also providing new income opportunities for farmers Farmers are now planting multi purpose trees to provide fuel and animal fodder and help repair the land fertility and quality of soil Planting trees such as Moringa Oleifera the

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/africa/ghana (2016-02-18)
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  • Kenya - Green Earth Appeal
    organisation we have supported previously You are here Home Where We Help AFRICA Kenya Kenya Programme Summary To date in Kenya our partner organisations have been successful in the planting of over 4 500 000 seeds and have distributed 3 000 000 seedlings to the 200 local schools and organisations now involved in planting projects Background With just three percent of its original forests remaining Kenya has suffered from widespread deforestation and the detrimental impact this has had on its people and environment The destruction of the forests in Kenya to meet the increased demand for fuel provide furniture and building materials has compounded problems for a growing population who depend on fertile land and agriculture to sustain them This has had a particularly noticeable effect in western and central Kenya Increased levels of poaching in the national parks close to Somalia and Ethiopia threaten the native wildlife and have added much financial pressure in the ensuring of greater protection Social instability and continued threats of violence persist although this has fallen since 2008 Many Kenyans wish to work with our partner organisations to plant trees but there are still significant barriers to overcome The Response Our partner networks and programmes have expanded from the initial response in 2008 to distribute 300 000 seeds Since 2009 a country coordinator has been employed to meet local demands for services Programmes and projects to educate community groups on sustainable agriculture and agroforestry methods in central and western Kenya are now well established This has included the creation of numerous demonstration farms where local people and community representatives can gain further insight and understanding of the techniques involved In areas near protected forests reforestation projects are now underway and our partner organisations work with local trade schools and women s groups providing training

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/africa/kenya (2016-02-18)
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  • Mali - Green Earth Appeal
    Almost half of Mali s population is poor Mali is one of the poorest countries on Earth ranked at 168 out of 179 by the United Nations list of countries per capita income The main issue facing Mali is desertification with approximately 70 000 hectares of land being lost to desert annually Mali s land is sixty percent desert and just ten percent forest With this problem increasing there are associated issues of drought decreasing pastureland and lack of drinking water All of these factors make life extremely hard for the people There is also an increased threat to the unique wildlife of Mali as they lose more and more of their habitat and struggle to survive Much of Mali s economic output depends on the areas of land fed by the Niger River and Senegal and eighty percent of Mali s workforce consists of farmers and fishermen The country s other main source of income the export of gold and cotton remains unstable due to fluctuating market forces and unpredictable economic conditions The Response Our partner organisations have been involved in a widespread reforestation programme since 2006 Local communities and our partners have been planting a variety of species

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/africa/mali (2016-02-18)
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  • Senegal - Green Earth Appeal
    Programme Summary Our partner organisations have successfully planted more than 170 000 trees in the Kaffrine region and southeast Senegal Also in Kaffrine 500 000 Jatropha curcas seedlings were sold In the southeast region of Kedaougou local farmers have worked with our partner organisations in developing the agroforestry demonstration site designed to train farmers and ensure economic stability for those communities Background In common with many countries throughout Africa Senegal is a country rich in culture but a country where its people struggle to survive Many of Senegal s population face poverty malnutrition and desperation on a daily basis Over seventy percent of Senegal s population live in rural areas and depend upon agriculture for their livelihood and survival Their dependency on this industry puts them at the mercy of Senegal s variable rainfall poor soil conditions and pest control problems further compounded by a changing global climate Over fifty percent of Senegal s forests have been stripped back to supply the increased demands for building materials and fuel Widespread poor farming practices overgrazing alongside uncontrolled slash and burn cycles and peanut farming have damaged the land immeasurably As the Sahel expands as the result of this deforestation the terrible experience of severe droughts spreads throughout the country The Response A key focus of our projects has been the teaching of sustainable agriculture practices This approach has gone hand in hand with tree planting in the hope that many issues will be addressed from social to economic alongside long standing environmental concerns The programmes continue to expand quickly and already the benefits of our projects are bringing fresh hope to local communities Planting a variety of species has improved the soil quality and is making once arid areas fertile again Alley cropping multipurpose windbreaks and live fences are changing lives

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/africa/senegal (2016-02-18)
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  • Tanzania - Green Earth Appeal
    AFRICA Tanzania Tanzania Programme Summary Our partner network to date have ensured through their projects that nearly 1 500 000 seeds have been distributed through their projects In addition to this there have been six workshops on tree planting and environmental conservation practices Background One of the main environmental issues in Tanzania is deforestation and annually approximately 3 500 kilometres of forested land are lost At the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro its glaciers are melting at an alarming rate as the hot air from the Serengeti Plain is able to reach them unimpeded In central and northern Tanzania the concern is the desertification of these regions caused by prolonged overgrazing Although tree planting has gone well with well established projects planting eucalyptus fruit and pine trees there is now a need for fuel wood tree planting projects and programmes to deliver on agroforestry The Response There is a wide variety of partners involved in the Tanzania projects each with its own unique set of objectives which range from large scale alternative energy planting providing seedlings directly to communities to fuel for women All of these initiatives help build towards a sustainable future for the people of Tanzania 700 000 seeds

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/africa/tanzania (2016-02-18)
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  • Uganda - Green Earth Appeal
    Uganda Uganda Programme Summary The achievements thus far in Uganda include the distribution of 4 500 000 seeds the planting of 700 000 trees and the delivery of workshops on agroforestry and tree planting The programme in Uganda continues to expand at pace with organisations constantly asking for more seeds and support and with continued widespread involvement from our partner organisations local NGOs and community groups it is likely that Uganda will be the most successful tree planting programme in East Africa Background The majority of Uganda s land stands 1 000 metres above sea level with twenty five percent of the country s surface covered by water Whilst most of the country is dominated by a landscape of forests and savannahs there is a region of desert which lies to the northeast of the country This has a detrimental effect on the country s ability to grow healthy crops Only a quarter of Uganda s land can be cultivated and this small proportion of arable earth is placed under added pressure by the growing population it has to sustain Deforestation brought about by the increased demands for firewood only adds to the problem As the land available for farmers to work becomes reduced many are still expected to provide the same amount of crop yield As the population continues to grow the issue is becoming unmanageable having negative effects throughout communities The Response In addressing immediate concerns linked to deforestation the effects on soil quality and land fertility and a diminishing agriculture industry our partner organisations initially distributed 200 000 seeds to assist communities in the production of firewood and livestock fodder To ensure the longevity and sustainability of the programme our partnering organisations have now worked to facilitate tree planting projects alongside the delivery of tree nursery management

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/africa/uganda (2016-02-18)
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  • AMERICAS - Green Earth Appeal
    and in excess of 200 000 trees planted with our Partners Network In addition to this there has been an increased effort in targeted agroforestry Read more Colombia Programme Summary 100 000 trees have reached maturity from our tree planting programmes in Colombia In addition to this five nurseries have been created The legacy continues with sixty graduates of agroforestry training programmes taking what they have learnt and spreading the important message of sustainability Read more Haiti Programme Summary During 2008 in Leogane Haiti over 200 farmers with the assistance of our Partners Network planted over 250 000 trees With increased capacity and a growing network of organisations collaborating on the Haiti project over 1 000 000 fruit and forest trees were planted along the Arcadine Coast Read more Brazil Programme Summary The start of the programme in 2008 saw the distribution of over 70 000 seeds to local producers These seeds were then out planted to fields from the nurseries and had flourished by winter 2009 Further growth in the programme in 2009 resulted in the distribution of a further 230 000 seeds The next stage in this programme has been to ensure educational resources which have been created

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/americas (2016-02-18)
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  • Brazil - Green Earth Appeal
    this programme has been to ensure educational resources which have been created and provided in Portuguese Twenty four nurseries have now been established and 108 producers have been trained in nursery management In total over 340 000 agricultural and 70 000 conservation trees have been planted in conjunction with our partner organisations and local people Background São Paulo state one of the richest regions of Brazil would seemingly appear to be in less need of assistance however there still exists a vast disparity between the richest and the poorest people Sixty four percent of the wealth lies with just twenty percent of the population whilst the poorest twenty percent of the population have only a two percent share in its riches São Paulo state is a region of vast farmlands alongside small plots of land owned by farmers who overwork and exhaust their land to generate an income and sustain themselves and their families Brazil a country of contrasts is also one of high deprivation with many of its people suffering daily Although there have been significant attempts by the government to address these issues and change the laws governing reforestation of the land these laws come with no financial incentive or support making it an impossible and implausible reality for most ordinary farmers and land owners In order to cultivate the main crop sugar cane São Paulo state has been stripped of its rainforest To cultivate sugar cane effectively thousands of miles of land are burned annually When the land is exhausted cattle are moved in which further destroys the land This level of damage leads to the erosion of many plant and animal species Only seven percent of the rainforest in this area remains today It is vital for the long term future of Brazil that investment in

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/americas/brazil (2016-02-18)
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