Tree planting project

Executive summary

This a continuing project seeks to involve children in 100 public schools in Western Province of Kenya (Five Counties) in setting up and maintaining tree nursery beds. From these nursery beds, we intend develop tree seedlings that will be distributed to the rest of the community for planting as an integration with their crops. We have a target of planting more than 95,000 trees in this phase which will take six months. This project aims at increasing forest cover and food security, therefore helping to reverse the effects of climate change. The program will be combined with climate change lessons from the World Climate School, from the program called ‘’Climate Change, The Fight of our Lives– from Emergency to Solutions ”

This intervention will be led by Eliud Omutanyi and Vision Farmers’ Organization in collaboration with the selected schools and the community.

Problem statement

Kenya’s forest cover has declined from 30% of land area in the 1960s to less than 2% at present. Many factors have contributed to this, including but not limited to illegal logging to meet huge demands for fuel, wood, charcoal, and clearing of land for human settlement and agriculture. The statistics on the rates of tree planting (the supply) and tree consumption (the demand) in Kenya are depressing. For instance, to achieve sustainable supply of tree products and services in Kenya, over 200 million trees should be planted annually but less than 35 million get planted while an estimated 65% of the national demand for wood goes unmet. This demand keeps growing and less trees are being planted. Current tree planting efforts are severely constrained by a lack of good quality seed and slow inefficient traditional propagation methods.

The members of the target community are in dire need to develop and increase their forest cover and secure their water catchment areas but cannot afford the provision of basic like seeds or the seedlings. The major problem faced by the community and which this intervention will address is the lack of the tree seedlings.

Project justification

The major challenge in this community is to increase tree planting in a way that is sustainable, creates food security, supports income generation (where possible) for small-scale groups and grass-root communities – with an eye on the long-term vision of increasing the country’s forest cover and conserving the environment. Examples of organized, small-scale and grass-root communities that can be supported and empowered to spearhead and expand tree planting include schools, and women groups and youth groups.

In this project, we intend to develop three main types of tree seedlings, these are Woody trees, Medicinal trees, and Food trees. Woody trees will help in providing firewood and other activities that require wood therefore reducing the pressure on the little trees already present. Medicinal trees will provide herbs that will help in treating diseases among the community members while food trees will provide food in form of fruits, roots and leaves to the community. This will help in improving the general health status of the community. All these trees will be integrated with the food crops in an agroforestry setting.

Project objective

The main objective of the project is to create tree seedlings so as to integrate trees with crop farming and increase forest cover Western Province.

 Specific objectives

  • To train the community members on integration of trees with crops (Agroforestry)
  • To set up 1200 community tree nursery beds
  • To train and equip school children with skills on planting taking care of trees
  • To distribute tree seedlings to the target communities for planting
  • To plant more than one million trees in a year
  • To create vibrant agroforestry lands

Project overview

This project seeks to start making profits from the seventh month. This is from expansion of the existing tree nursery beds and selling the seedlings at a subsidized price. Due to the availability of ready market, it will be easy to realize the benefits and profits from the seventh month of the project.

Project activities

The project intends to embark on planting one million trees in one year. We seek to use participatory approach where the community members will take part in the project with everyone being allocated their specific activity. It will also be a learning area for other communities who might not be beneficiaries of the current project.

This is the breakdown of the project activities

  • Training the community members on agroforestry
  • Training selected school pupils on planting and tending to trees
  • Setting up and maintaining 1000 community tree nursery beds
  • Transplanting and distributing tree seedlings
  • Creating community awareness on maintaining forest cover

The species of trees to be planted

Woody trees

  • Grevillea robusta
  • Sesbania sesban

Medicinal trees

  • Moringa (Moringa oleifera)
  • Red Stinkwood (Prunes africana)
  • Kassod Tree (Senna siamea)

Food/fruit trees

  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Avocado
  • Pawpaw

Project implementation plan and timelines

Community participation and contribution:

The community will participate in the identification of locations for the planting the trees since this project deals with their all-round well-being. During the implementation of the project, beneficiaries would contribute by:

  • Unskilled labor
  • Taking care of the seedlings
  • Provision of land for planting the trees
  • Planting the trees distributed together with their crops
  • Buying the seedlings.

Project sustainability:

It is expected that with the provision of funds, the project will be able to achieve its objectives. The profits gained from the sale of the seedling will ensure that this project continues after the funding has ended.

Monitoring and evaluation:

The project members and community are responsible for monitoring the project implementation and made necessary recommendations at general and executive meetings for effective decision-making. Observations, field visit and group discussions will form part of the participatory monitoring methodology.

Project participation

The implementation of this project is solely dependent on the participation of all interested and like-minded individuals and organizations. We therefore welcome you all to help us achieve this ambitious dream

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