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Fruit Trees for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in East Africa

Afrique de l’Est (Kenya, Rwanda)

Titre : Fruit Trees for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in East Africa

Pays : Afrique de l’Est (Kenya, Rwanda)

Durée : 03/2022 - 06/2023


The potential of fruit trees to optimize the combined benefits of livelihoods, food security, nutrition and climate mitigation and adaptation is promising but not yet fully understood nor applied in practice.

Therefore, this project seeks to increase tree-growing, especially fruit trees, in targeted agricultural landscapes of Kenya and Rwanda. It is anticipated that fruit trees will provide nutritional diversity, increased food supply and saleable surplus production to people in need, thereby, contributing towards increased household incomes.

To maximize the multiple benefits of the planted trees, including roles such as climate adaptation, the capacity of participating farmers will be enhanced in how to raise, grow and manage fruit trees through gender-responsive, high-quality, seedling supply systems and training.

In addition, quantification of the benefits of sequestration of carbon in the biomass of fruit trees already planted will give an idea about the quantities of carbon available in these systems and the changes that may occur following increased adoption of fruit trees by farmers.

Specifically, the project aims to enhance farm-level, climate adaptation as well as household food security and nutrition for smallholders in Kenya and Rwanda by increasing the stocking and strategic siting of fruit trees.

It also aims to take the first steps in exploring the potential for the carbon sequestered in fruit trees to provide access to additional international climate finance and provide information requested by farmers about their own contributions to mitigating climate change.

The project sites include Makueni and Kiambu counties in Kenya and Bugesera District in Rwanda.

Partenaires : Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resource Development Board |Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Financement : Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR)
[[ Budget : AUD 700,000

World Agroforestry Centre

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