Trees for Farmers Ltd. (T4F) is a Company which was incorporated in Kenya in 2019.
Why we work (Challenge)
Millions of small-holder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to survive from growing crops on degraded land which is subject to soil erosion and a worsening climate. Natural tree vegetation has been cleared to produce crops, or for use as firewood.
Improved tree varieties have been developed which have the potential to assist farmers to adapt to climate change whilst improving their food and nutrition security and incomes. However, most farmers are unaware of, and do not have local access to, these varieties.
Trees For Farmers (T4F) was established to introduce the appropriate tree species to enable farmers to adapt to climate change, to restore degraded land, and to improve their food security and incomes in a sustainable way.
T4F has developed an innovative approach to quickly and cost-effectively help farmers gain access to high-value tree seedlings
How we work (Approach)
T4F has pioneered an innovative Approach to assist thousands of farmers to gain access to tree seedlings, and information on their best management, whilst also helping them to access technologies to improve food security.
The Approach has the following Components:
T4F works with farmers to:
- identify preferred tree species which provide economic benefit and which are appropriate to their agro-ecological zones
- identify and prioritise appropriate technologies to assist farmers to improve their food security and incomes, whilst they await trees to provide them with economic benefits.
T4F works with farmers to select Community Tree Advisors (CTAs) in their Villages. CTAs are generally hard-working farmers who trusted and respected by farmers in their Villages. They must also have a passion for tree planting and for improving the environment of their Communities
T4F builds the capacity of CTAs to:
- establish a nursery to supply farmers with tree seedlings, and
- advise farmers on tree management
- supply farmers with technologies for improving their food security
- advise farmers on improving their food security
T4F supplies materials (seeds, potting bags, shade nets), and technical skills to enable CTAs to establish a nursery. T4F pays CTAs for the seedlings, which are distributed to farmers for free.
In return, farmers agree to share a percentage of their trees that they plant with T4F. Upon maturity T4F sells its share of the trees to recover the costs of tree planting, and advisory services. Profits are then reinvested to extend tree planting to benefit the environment of farmers in new areas.