Nearly a billion people live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1/day. Most of them are subsistence farmers whose antiquated farming practices have led to the deforestation of their land and the degradation of the local – and global – environment. Trees for the Future (TREES) is ending hunger and extreme poverty for farmers in the developing nations of Africa by generating health, wealth and resilience. Through our “Forest Garden Approach” we train farmers to plant and manage forest gardens that sustainably feed families and raise their incomes by nearly 400%.

Since 1989, with our experience in planting more than 250 million trees, we have demonstrated the transformative power of trees in helping smallholder farmers break out of the cycle of extreme poverty and malnutrition. Today, our work in east and west Africa is helping to end hunger and poverty by guiding hundreds of thousands to grow and promote economic independence by planting trees. Our easy-to-follow training modules, science-based diversified planting techniques and sophisticated measurement and evaluation technology systems allow us to provide detailed analysis of our impact.

Over the last several months, we have started to compete for significant, game-changing project funding that would allow us to leverage our existing tree planting programs to create marketable carbon offsets. These programs have the opportunity to transform our organization from a $10M agroforestry training model to a massive, global leader in the carbon market.

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