Planting Trees One Farmer at a Time

Opoka and his fellow farmers remember that the parish of Atiyaba in northern Uganda was once forested. This mosaic landscape of savannah-like grassland was punctuated by great swathes of tropical forest expanding out from river ways and swamps. Tree cover was the norm and not the exception, and even in grassy landscapes trees were everywhere. These trees were necessary to human survival; providing food, medicine and materials for building homes and creating…

The Story of our World

Wise Women, Uganda

This is the story of our world: For the first time ever, more than half of all people live in cities. Cities are simply something that didn’t exist for most of the human era – indeed, what we now mean by city has scarcely existed for a hundred years. For the first time ever, most humans live within a landscape that was constructed almost entirely by and for humans. And…

Mother, farmer, agent of change

Oromo's sons helping with the harvest

Hi all, I’d like to introduce you to someone. Her name is Oromo Jenet. She is a mother of seven, and she makes her modest living as a farmer and traditional healer, growing crops for subsistence and providing health care and healing to her community. She is at once both gentle and fierce: gentle, with a smile that immediately washes away any preoccupations running through your mind, and fierce, with…

Greening Africa: The Practice and Purpose of Sowing Native Seeds

Lincoln Ocaya, the Forestry Program Manager for Wild Forests and Fauna’s Native Seeds Project, at one of our native species nurseries in Gulu District, Uganda

We often think of landscapes as stagnant and unchanging. Covering vast terrain and spanning many countries, the Sahara Desert seems immutable and eternal, yet its boundaries shift like extremely slow-moving tides. This process of fluctuation is natural but has been profoundly influenced by humankind. In the face of growing public awareness of climate change, there have been recent efforts to re-green Sub-Saharan Africa and to halt the long-term trend of…

Native Seeds Team Returns to Uganda

WildFF’s Native Seeds team has landed in Uganda for our second phase of restoration and capacity building with our partners, the Wise Women, Mon Ma Ryek of Gulu. Right after landing on the ground in early October, our team had face-to-face meetings with agency and partner organizations in Kampala before rerouting to the Gulu community. This was a warm reunion that began with dancing, music and reconnecting with loved ones…

Creating Forests for the Future

Women monitoring progress in the nursery

As October rolls around and we begin to witness the subtle changes of the seasons in the US, so too are we in the Native Seeds Project preparing for changes and growth here in Uganda. If you were following the COP21 meetings in Paris last November, you might recall the acronym AFR100. It may only comprise 6 characters on paper, but its potential weight in the world of ecological restoration in Africa is tremendous. AFR100, the…

Mimic Forests of the Past to Create Forests of the Future

As September rolls around and we begin to witness the subtle changes of the seasons in the US, so too are we in the Native Seeds Project preparing for changes and growth here in Uganda. If you were following the COP21 meetings in Paris last November, you might recall the acronym AFR100. It may only comprise 6 characters on paper, but its potential weight in the world of ecological restoration…

Healing in Community: Three Acholi Plant Medicines

“Plant medicines have been used by humans for millennia – generations reaching back to the origins of the human species. If they weren’t effective, we wouldn’t be here today.” – Dr. Beatrice Odongkara Smiling, Dr. Beatrice Odongkara, comfortably stands with a foot in two vastly separate worlds: traditional Acholi medicine and western scientific medicine. Dr. Beatrice is an endocrinologist with a speciality in Pediatrics and child health, Department head of…

Greetings from Acholiland!

women collecting seeds in the forest

Greetings! Or, as they say in Acholiland, Apwoyo! To start, we want to thank you for your gracious support. You may think that a small donation is just a drop in a bucket, but without these drops, our work wouldn’t be possible. Your support is integral to the success of this project, and as such, you are integral to the success of this project. On another note, you may have…