Cashew trees against climate change
Sep 23, 2020
As unprecedented rains flooded parts of Senegal this summer, it became clear to us that we needed to redouble our efforts in helping the local population adapt to climate change.
Le Korsa decided to help the local population plant over 2000 cashew trees across 18 villages of the Tambacounda region. Each tree helps to stabilize the water table, prevent erosion, and restore nutrients to degraded soil. It also offers a food and income source: the nuts can be consumed and sold, as can the cashew apple (the fruit attached to the nut), which can be made into juice, preserves, or vinegar. And the cashew tree, through pruning, can provide wood for cooking, preventing people from cutting other trees for charcoal making, a scourge of the region that leads to deforestation and compounds the negative effects of climate change.
“Once the populations are convinced that they can earn money from such plantations, they will plant these trees themselves,” Moussa said. “Our goal is to help them see that they can have a new cash crop while preserving the environment, and they can stop the abusive logging of trees,” he added.
Ever since 2015, we have run a free tree nursery from Thread, and anyone who wanted a tree could have one. But we are now expanding that effort by creating tree-steward committees in villages throughout the Tambacounda region, ensuring these groups receive proper training and support so they can tend to the trees while they take root.
Join us! You too can help plant trees that are essential for helping rural populations adapt to climate change.