There are over 2.000 species of trees in Kenya, nevertheless wide variety is not proportional to the number of trees planted here. Baseline is: trees help in formation of soil and without good soil agriculture cannot exist. In Kenya agriculture prevails with 75% of people relying on it – in spite of that the percentage of trees covering the land is relatively small at only 6%.
The importance of trees and their planting is greatly underestimated. Trees play a vital role in various aspects of life.
Trees planted around the farmlands improve the soil and stops it from erosion. For farmers it means better harvest which equals better food security for the commune. After all, 21% of Kenyan population lacks food security.
Trees help to produce oxygen, so for us and many other living and breathing creatures existence of trees is critical.
Ever wondered why it does not rain in the desert? Because there are no trees. Trees help in formation of rainfalls, which prevent droughts and help to water crops.
And last but not least: trees provide habitat for the wildlife and there is plenty of it in the beautiful Kenya.
Planting trees in Kenya will make a visible difference in the agriculture and improve lives of people in the short and long run. Trees are vital for developing countries with low level of food security.
With support of private and public sector Kenyan government is determined to increase tree population in the country from 6 to drastic 10 percent of terrain cover in the upcoming years.
Such a relatively small step as planting a tree could make an enormous impact in the long run. So Mifuko’s next big project is going to be about trees. We are planning to plant several species of local trees on the farms of our talented artisan. Trees planted will help to nurture the soil, contribute into the better harvest and improve wellbeing of the community.
First tree project is coming soon – so stay tuned.