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Winter Report 2015
Deforestation is a major challenge that hangs over Malawi, as trees provide the fuel for cooking, heating water for hygiene, and burning bricks for robust buildings.This natural resource is running out, and charcoal burning, though illegal, has decimated forests of indigenous hard-
For several years we’ve considered the challenge of tree loss, so this year a Reforestation Programme has begun.
In three phases—our first priority was to empower our staff’s families to become fuel-
We’re also promoting clay stoves, burning less wood.
We arranged a 2-
We gave each participant tubes and tree seeds for their personal use.
There’s been one major challenge—the popular blue gum tree, a variety of eucalyptus that is widely used for firewood and building, has developed a new disease that will probably wipe it out—”red gum lerp psyllid”. We hope mtangatanga will take its place
Our research led us to 4 trees:-
Mtangatanga for firewood— though slower growing than blue gum, it doesn’t strip the soil of nutrients like eucalyptus, so can be planted with crops. It also drops nitrates to help soil fertility.
Moringa, of course, for high-
Acacia can be coppiced for firewood.
Glycidia is brilliant for green manure
(improve soil quality = improved crop yield), and animal fodder.
Next year we hope to add several varieties of fruit trees…..
The Village Tree Nurseries erected, seeds from all 4 tree-
However, this will be a challenging project—the annual rains have not yet arrived in our area, despite optimistic expectations.
This causes major concerns for the maize harvest (increased hunger) and means the tree seedlings will need consistent irrigation—difficult for many in this protracted dry season.
We built a Tree Nursery on site, and financed 10 others in villages in the area, following the training course
Chigwirigwidi Village Tree Nursery
Our Tree Nursery on site
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