TREE AID helps villagers living in the drylands of Africa unlock the potential of trees to reduce poverty and protect the environment.
“Two for One” – the TREE AID Philosophy
At TREE AID, we believe that tackling poverty and environmental protection are inseparable.
We help villagers in the drylands of Africa unlock the potential of trees to break this cycle of environmental decline and poverty. We help create self-reliance for poor communities building not only their chances of survival but also their dignity and respect.
At the same time, we help poor people invest in their environment, building its richness and health not just for today but for generations to come.
It’s what we call a “two for one” solution that breaks the cycle of poverty and environmental decline and offers a sustainable way forward for people across the Sahel.
What we do – there are four key themes to our work which all our projects incorporate.
Access and rights:
Securing long-term access to natural resources for the poor and making rules and regulations clear and enforceable ensures that they have confidence in and can benefit from protecting and enhancing those resources.
Looking after the environment:
Building a greater understanding of how best to manage natural resources in order to protect and improve the environment, and making the benefits clear.
Nutrition and food security:
Enterprise and trade:
Increasing crop yields and establishing an additional food supply from tree fruits helps poor communities produce more food, reducing hunger and malnutrition and increasing resilience in times of drought.
Supporting the poor to develop income sources from the sale of non-wood tree products provides cash to spend on immediate needs and creates the means to invest in their families’ future.