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Jacobo Muiba, 9, and Juan Paoto Vasquez, 6, harvest cacao in the forest outside San Jose del Cavito. Photo: Dave Anderson.
Jacobo Muiba, 9, and Juan Paoto Vasquez, 6, harvest cacao in the forest outside San Jose del Cavito. Photo: Dave Anderson.

Reforestation & Soil Rebuilding

The Treasure of Trees

In deforested areas, Heifer trains our farmers to plant trees. To further improve soils, our farmers compost livestock manure that rebuilds the land in an organic and sustainable way.

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Trees care for the Earth by...

  • Breathing out oxygen and taking in carbon dioxide
  • Holding water in the soil and enriching it with nitrogen
  • Providing food and medicines for birds, animals and people
  • Creating shade, fodder and fencing for animals

Trees provide environmental protection and are essential to life on the planet. Heifer recognizes their simple yet extraordinary virtues, and gives many varieties of trees and saplings including acacia, fodder, forest and fruit to families in the communities where we work. Trees seedlings are Passed On to other families, ensuring the sustainable cycle key to community development.

In many countries where Heifer works, poor families cook on wood-burning stoves. And with so many families foraging for firewood, sometimes they have to walk miles just to find enough wood to cook a meal.

When families plant trees, firewood is no longer scarce and is available in the immediate area. The tree roots also hold together topsoil and help to sustain moisture and nutrients.

Planting trees ensures families have a source of fodder for livestock. Fruit- and nut-bearing trees provide nutritious and fresh foods, and surpluses can increase income.

You can find out more about how caring for the environment is crucial to ending hunger and poverty.

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