Agroforestry tree campaign reaches milestone of 250 million trees planted

Mercy Partnership Fund investee One Acre Fund recently reached a milestone in its mission to help smallholder farmers plant one billion trees by 2030. This year, the 250 millionth tree was planted in Kenya, part of One Acre Fund’s commitment to environmental sustainability, climate resilience, financial stability and collective prosperity for future generations.

Smallholder agroforestry offers a powerful lever for large-scale climate adaptation and mitigation. Trees steadily accumulate value as they mature, allowing rural families to grow reliable climate-resilient assets as trees that can be sold (and replanted) in difficult crop seasons.

Tree planting practices have helped Claudine Ayinkamiye protect her farm against soil erosion and landslides during extreme weather and benefit from the financial security of the trees during challenging harvesting seasons. Claudine grew 7,000 tree seedlings and distributed them to over 350 farmers in her first year as a tree nursery manager with the support of One Acre Fund. Claudine says, “When I came to live in this area, many farmers could not buy trees. It was not because they did not like trees, but because they had nowhere to find the seedlings.”

MPF’s investment in One Acre Fund helps smallholder farmers buy farming inputs to supply harvesting and tree planting programs throughout nine Sub-Saharan African countries with an increased risk of water scarcity, nutrient deficient soil, deforestation, and changes in biodiversity that affect farming yields – and consequently the livelihood of families dependent on harvest season income.

Mercy Partnership Fund supports more than 60 organizations around the world. Read more about its impact.

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