There is a lack of evidence of the effects of trees on reducing, or worsening, floods. Arguments continue about whether the research results that do exist from small-scale studies also apply at larger scales
The success of the Smart Tree-Invest project’s farmers’ learning groups caught the eye of Indonesia’s Buol District Agricultural Office. They have now begun to fund and replicate the approach themselves.
China has invested more resources than any other country in reversing deforestation and planting trees. However, given the large scale of these programmes it has been difficult to quantify their impact on forest cover
“I planted Alnus acuminata through the project in November 2014. The trees are performing well and I hopes they will rehabilitate my land by controlling soil erosion, and I will benefit from bean stakes and biomass in the near future”.
“I am very proud of the project and that is why I don’t want it to just be about the activities and recommendations highlighted, but also about a learning and exploring opportunity for my family and I, before the Project comes to an end.
I am earning more through this project than I used to before. I now earn UGX 200,000 from each acre of beans in each harvesting period. I get an average annual income of UGX 3 million. My 6 children have never been sent home for lack of fees or study materials,
"I’m happy about these tree varieties introduced by the project because the farm yield has doubled from between 20-25kgs to 40-50kgs of climbing beans. This is enough to consume at home, sell at the local market and retain seeds for the next planting season”
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