Deforestation is devastating for local ecosystems. Deforestation results in the loss of soil quality, biodiversity and the capacity for water retention. In short, deforestation causes the process of desertification in rural communities, thus limiting the capacity to grow food without the excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
We work with families to identify critical areas for reforestation and offer them a variety of fruit trees and other indigenous species, to create what are known as edible forests. Our priority is to plant as many fruit trees as possible, to contribute to future food security, as well as income generation. Reforestation efforts not only provide a source of food or income, they also protect local water sources and improve soil quality.