Trees for the Future

Cassava plants on the Ricarte Dela Cruz family farm in the Philippines. Cassava is the third-largest source of carbohydrates in the tropics (after rice and corn/maize), and it can grow in marginal soils like those found in many of our projects. In the lower right, you can also see part of a tree nursery, full of seedlings destined to join these plants in the family forest garden. Planting trees, changing lives:






Trees for the Future

These Acacia seedlings are on their way to the fields in the Philippines, transferred using a bare-root method. Acacia trees are useful for shade (to protect sun-sensitive crops), plus they help to protect the soil from erosion during tropical deluges. They also fix nitrogen in the soil, improving conditions for other trees and plants, and local people use their fast-growing limbs for fuel-wood and local construction, like the beams framing this tree nursery. More on our work:






Trees for the Future

Three generations of the Ramos family stand next to part of their tree nursery in their community in the Philippines. Deforestation and rural poverty are huge problems throughout the developing world, and our forest-garden approach helps solve both of them in the areas where it’s implemented, since integrating trees into farms helps take pressure off of native forests while also providing food and income to farmers. Planting trees, changing the planet: