YOGO has planted over 30,000 'forest garden' trees through our "one for one" Food Trees program.
For every product you purchase, Yogo donates a food-bearing tree plus five years of agroforestry training to a low-income family in Africa.
This provides multiple benefits to the families and planet: income, agriculture training, food, and education.
Deforestation sometimes has roots in poverty, so we're keen to support tree programs that address the social picture as well as sinking carbon.
Our partner NGO Trees for the Future has completed 32 years of community forestry and is currently working alongside local staff in African countries Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and Tanzania. They work to ensure that each family can independently and permanently feed themselves and enrich the earth.
The long-term programs address poverty by equipping farmers to:
Food trees are amazing! “Forest gardens” are mixed systems starting with trees which provide shade for the other food-bearing plants. Special combinations assist each other to boost yields, restore soil, revitalize degraded land, and produce a complete set of nutrition instead of 'uni-crops'.
This approach provides a long-term independent solution for African families, instead of "air dropping" aid, or "spray-and-pray" seedling plantings.
Each tree can be expected to sequester about one ton of carbon as well as restoring soil and improving watersheds. In a rainforest setting, agroforestry systems can also reduce slash-and-burn agriculture; in the arid degraded settings where our program works, we are mostly restoring barren land and restoring them to life.
WHEN YOU PLANT TREES, YOU ALSO:
help families feed themselves
provide permanent employment
create educational opportunities for children
permanently increase the income of farmers
build strong communities
create fodder to feed livestock
reverse environmental degradation
remove tons of carbon from the atmosphere
provide fuel so villagers don’t need to cut down trees