Fruit Trees for Life

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In past centuries, over 10 million Africans were forcibly taken from their homes as slaves, many by our own country. Their free labour enabled western nations to develop beyond their competitors and become the richest nations in the world.  At the same time, robbed of its work-force and its hope for the future, Africa sank further into poverty.

Fruit Trees for Life is a project that seeks to redress that balance. Along the old slave routes and in the very same villages from which slaves were once taken, we aim to plant 1 million fruit trees.

Fruit Trees for Life aims to

  • Give something back for all that we have taken from Africa
  • Help many of the world’s poorest people overcome the effects of malnutrition
  • Lift villages out of poverty by giving them a commodity that can readily be sold or traded for other essential items at local markets
  • Build community and give villagers a sense of self-worth; the trees will be owned and managed by local community groups or co-operatively by the village
  • Boost the environment, halting the desertification and degradation of the soil and promoting indigenous species of fruit trees
  • Create a habitat that encourages the proliferation of wild life, especially birds, small animals and insects
  • Provide welcome shade from the harsh sun

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How will “Fruit Trees for Life” work?

Indigenous fruit trees are readily available throughout Africa.  Once established they ensure a continuous supply of healthy food for many years..  In spite of this, there are surprisingly few fruit trees in the villages of West Africa.  Reasons for this include a failure to project young saplings from the ever-present grazing animals, lack of training in the need to water & fertilise young trees and the all-pervasive habit of burning the bush-land every year, a practice that destroys all young trees.

Jacob’s Well Appeal is partnering with the And Albert Foundation to turn this dream into reality.  Working with our partners on the ground in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Niger we will plant groves of at least 100 trees in an area that is protected from livestock by wire-netting.  The project leader in each village will ensure that the trees are regularly watered and that during the annual burning of the land, the tree enclosure is protected.  Careful support and monitoring by ourselves and our local representative will give each plantation the greatest chance of success.  Most indigenous trees start producing fruit within four years, giving significant benefit to the local community within a fairly short time-period.

 The money that is raised for the “Fruit Trees for Life” project will be kept in a designated fund and will not go towards the general running costs of the charity. This cost is calculated by adding together the price to purchase 100 young trees with the cost of surrounding them with wire netting. That cost currently works out at about £2 per tree.

How can you be involved?

You can help by purchasing fruit trees that will be given to the West African communities. 5 fruit trees can be purchased for £10.  Purchase one of our attractive looking book marks, post-cards or pictures that explain the concept, and help to redress the balance between our wealthy community and that of some of the world’s poorest villages.

A word from David Bellamy

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I’ve travelled around the world for many years, studied the effects of man on the planet, and the most extreme wildlife and plants that you can think of, and Africa remains the most awe inspiring destination bar none. It has touched my heart deeply.

I have been involved with And Albert Foundation since 1996. Having suffered so many set-backs over the many years of attempting to put this ethical model into practice AAF is now poised to put out their message to a wider audience. This should ensure their dream of proving the viability of village communities in the developing world is given a greater publicity and the necessary support and funding to carry out its plan. Will you help them please!

Professor David Bellamy, Patron of And Albert Foundation

What trees will be planted
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Mango

African eggplant

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Egusi

Safou

Banana

Baobab

Desert Date

African Pear

Marula

Black Plum

Tamarind

Loquat

Jujube

Orange, Lemon, Lime and Guava, though not indigenous to west Africa, have been grown locally for hundreds of years and will also be encouraged