Refugees impatient for seedlings as UK MPs open new season of agroforestry and other tree-based solutions in NW Uganda
For ten months, World Agroforestry (ICRAF) has worked in the refugee areas of Northwest Uganda and the long dry stretches have been tough. “We planted at the right time. But we immediately faced a month and a half with no rain,” according to Lawrence Aziruku, a Field Technician with ICRAF based in the region. “Some trees did not survive. It was bad luck.”
This, however, has been pretty much the extent of the challenge. Close to 80% of the trees did survive and refugees and nationals have shown boundless energy for anything involving trees – from collecting seeds to protecting seedlings to assisting the regrowth of stumps.