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Plant a Tree to Prevent Hunger in Uganda

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Help replenish Uganda with healthy soil.

Uganda is in the midst of an ecological crisis. Over the past few years, the country's trees have been cut down at an alarming rate. Charcoal burning and other unsustainable agricultural practices have resulted in rampant deforestation that has led to soil degradation. Because the soil is lacking in proper nutrients, crops are failing and food has grown scarce, especially in the regions of Kamuliand and Buyende. As a result, smallholder farmers and those they feed are suffering.

Thankfully, it is not too late. Since 2008, Organic Perspectives has implemented a Community Agroforestry Project that has provided 100,000 saplings of fast-growing leguminous "fodder" trees to local farmers. Fodder trees and shrubs play a significant role in feeding domestic animals. In fact, trees and shrubs are increasingly recognized as important components of animal feeding, supplying protein in harsh environmental conditions like Uganda. Farmers who have participated in Organic Perspectives' tree planting program have observed an increase in milk production and a higher fertility rate.

Please support Organic Perspectives' new initiative "1 to 2 Million Trees in Uganda's Countryside." With your support, Organic Perspectives can reach its goal of planting over 1 million trees in one year, replenishing the soil and reducing hunger throughout Uganda's countryside. Please donate today!

You can help. Just $5.00 raises 100 protein rich sapplings.


Report from the Field
November 2014

With funding from GreaterGood, Organic Perspectives (OP) distributed thousands of leguminous saplings. In a very short time, these fledging trees will help feed animals and enhance the soil.

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More good news - OP just opened Uganda's first Community Reforestation Center (CRC). Partnering with local farmers, OP's CRC is planning to plant 100,000 trees within the first year. To make the reforestation effort as diverse and relevant to the local farmers' needs as possible, OP has requested that farmers collect other locally available tree seed (including local fruit trees) for inclusion at the new site.


Organic Perspectives aims to protect the environment, promote food security, and enhance rural smallholder farmers' incomes through sustainable and economically-viable agriculture. Our mission is to engage smallholder farmers in protecting forests, adopting organic gardening techniques and the use of modern household energy for sustainable livelihoods.

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