NATIVE SEEDS PROJECT:Gulu, Uganda
In the areas where forests remain, they are intensely threatened by the charcoal trade, agriculture, and a refugee crisis caused by the war in South Sudan.
Traditional Medicine as a Catalyst For Forest Conservation
With the largest native tree nursery in Uganda, an all-Ugandan team planted over 40,000 native species with about 900 farmers and partner NGOs. Our goal is to create a model that can be shared with the AFR100, an African initiative to restore ~250 million acres of deforested and degraded land by 2030.
Empowerment of traditional women healers
In addition, the Native Seeds Program empowers local women to play a central role in building a movement of sustainable farmers. Many of the Wise Women partook in literacy classes, enabling them to have a greater say in their community’s decision-making processes and training sessions with the farmers. The women of the community also contribute to the VSLA, a collective savings pot that allows them to save together and take microloans as needed. A variety of activities funded by Native Seeds are now self-sustaining, a major accomplishment in its fourth year of the program:
• Beekeeping provides sustainable income for women during the harvest season
• Training in medicine making has increased the quality of their product, enabling them to be sold at a higher price