TOGO: An initiative allows the planting of 10,000 trees in the Goubi forest

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TOGO: An initiative allows the planting of 10,000 trees in the Goubi forest© World Bank

In Togo, a nursery of 10,000 shea and fodder plants has just been installed in the Goubi community forest, which is suffering from land degradation. The initiative of the Togolese authorities, supported by development partners, will promote inclusive and sustainable agriculture on this site located in the Central Region.

Togo relies on inclusive and sustainable agriculture to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. A reforestation operation that was recently completed resulted in the planting of 10,000 trees in the Goubi community forest located 318 kilometers from the capital Lomé. These distributed seedlings developed in a nursery will be used for the eco-responsible production of shea (also known as butter tree) and fodder used for animal feed, especially livestock.

The initiative, which will benefit mainly the populations of the municipality of Tchamba 3, was attended by 175 people, including volunteers and municipal officials. It is part of the Forest and Farmers Mechanism (FFF) in Togo whose objective is “to increase the technical and commercial capacities of vulnerable communities in the face of climate change,” say the authorities of this West African country.

Launched in 2019, the FFF is jointly supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UK-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Belgian non-governmental organization (NGO) AgriCord.

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Ultimately, the goal is to restore degraded land throughout Togo’s forest cover. This will be done with the support of the National Committee for Sustainable Development (CNDD) which was recently installed. The team, composed of scientists and civil society actors, has the mission to “address environmental, economic and social challenges affecting natural resource management” in order to facilitate the achievement of MDGs 2 and 15, which call for food security and biodiversity protection respectively.

        Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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