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TREE AID International supports villagers living in the drylands of Africa to unlock the potential of trees to reduce poverty and protect the environment.
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In Africa trees mean life. At TREE AID, we help villagers and especially women in the drylands of Africa unlock the potential of trees to break the cycle of environmental decline and poverty. 

It’s what we call a “two for one” solution that breaks the cycle of poverty and environmental decline and offers a sustainable way forward for people across the Sahel.

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‘Often, the further away you move from forests the more narrow people’s diets can become. Research has shown that people living close to forests often have a more diverse diet than the average rural dweller. In particular, children living in and around forests tend to have healthier and more diverse diets. In a recent study of 21 countries conducted by CIFOR, we showed a clear correlation between child nutrition and proximity to forests and trees.’

http://blog.cifor.org/36048/forests-are-well-and-truly-on-the-global-food-security-agenda?fnl=en
The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted last month by the UN General Assembly, include goals on ending hunger, promoting good nutrition and health, and making agriculture sustainable. The import…
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TreeHugger have written about our Grow Hope appeal. Check out the article to see why you should donate http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/charity-aims-train-32000-families-grow-trees-fight-hunger.html
Climate change and deforestation have left many in the drylands of Africa unable to grow food. Planting trees may reverse that.
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A child dies every two minutes because they don't have enough to eat. Feed a child. Save a live. Donate now.
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There are reports of a military coup in Burkina Faso after the President and Prime Minister were arrested. TREE AID’s largest African office is based in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. Some members of the UK staff were visiting the office when the unrest started and will return to the UK when possible. All our staff are safe. Our primary concern remains the safety and well-being of all our staff and the communities we work with, with whom we are in regular contact.

Please check our website for updates as the situation develops.

http://www.treeaid.org.uk/2015/tree-aid-staff-safe-amid-reports-of-military-coup-in-burkina-faso/
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"Support smallholder forest producer groups through strengthening their property rights and their organizations. Invest in them. This will strengthen the rural economy, promote job growth, and enable rural producers to compete with large-scale companies"

Great article about forest businesses mentioning both Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

Small is beautiful!

http://www.trust.org/item/20150904181057-lgmai/?source=leadCarousel
Forest businesses are fighting the myth of scale: that bigger is more efficient
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"Over the past 25 years the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 percent"

Great news but there's still so much to do!

http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/326911/icode/
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"Morning routine Wiltshire, UK: As Alice empties the dishwasher, the kids eat toast and entertain themselves by enthusiastically squashing blackberries and covering themselves with the juice"
Morning routine Northern Ghana: Amina makes breakfast outside on one of the village fire pits. If there's enough to go round Amina she will eat with the children. If not she will have to wait til the evening to eat."

Read our new blog A Day in the Life of Two Working Mums and see what Alice and Amina get up to during their daily routines.

http://www.treeaid.org.uk/2015/day-in-the-life-of-a-working-mum/
Life is tough for mums - lots of demands on your attention and never enough time. But for mums in the remote African countryside where TREE AID works, life is unbelievably tough. Two working mums Alice, from the UK and Amina, from Ghana, share what daily life is like in their villages… Alice This is …
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Every two minutes in the African drylands a child dies from hunger or malnutrition. Hunger is a bigger threat to health than HIV, malaria and TB combined. Support TREE AID’s Grow Hope Appeal to raise £250,000 to help 32,000 families be able to grow food and learn new ways to earn income so that they can feed their children. Please donate today and help grow hope for families in the African drylands. Text GROW04 £4 to 70070 to donate to TREE AID. Like, share and tag your friends once you’ve donated!
www.treeaid.org.uk/GrowHope
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As the military coup continues in Burkina Faso, our staff have passed the night safely in the capital Ouagadougou. The visiting UK staff remain in their hotel and the Burkina Faso staff are working from home.

We continue to wish for peace for the people of Burkina Faso and for the safe return of our staff.

http://www.treeaid.org.uk/2015/tree-aid-staff-safe-amid-reports-of-military-coup-in-burkina-faso/

#Iwili #Burkina #BurkinaFaso
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Great article exploring how the food available to your mother in the season in which you're conceived has an impact on your health throughout life.

Tree foods like fruit, nuts and greens, provide vital year round nutrition for women in rural Africa. Many species are resistant to the droughts and flooding which cause other crops to fail and they improve the soil around them, making it easier to grow nutritious food.

Buy a tree today for a family and help improve health for generations to come. https://donate.treeaid.org.uk/onlineshop/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34222452
An experiment in The Gambia reveals the extraordinary importance of a mother's diet.
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What percentage of the budget does the UK Government spend on overseas aid each year?
A) 15%
B) 10%
C) 1%
It's a trick question. We actually only spend 0.71% on overseas aid each year. And we're still one of the most generous countries in the world. Giving to TREE AID helps us create new opportunities and hope for people living in extreme poverty. Please give what you can and help us change lives.
See how the UK stacks up against other countries here:
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/sep/09/foreign-aid-which-countries-are-the-most-generous
With Europe tussling over who is doing more to help refugees in the current crisis, we decided to take a look who gives the most... and the least
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A new study suggests that there are 3 TRILLION trees in the world.

But levels have dropped by 46% due to human activity.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/planet-s-total-tree-cover-down-46-since-arrival-of-humans-1.2337785
Ireland has lowest level of forest cover in Europe at 11%, says State forestry firm Coillte
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