WeForest Project



Transitioning villages to agroforestry
Area restored

Project Summary

One of the best ways to get more trees is to ask everyone to plant some. In the Rorya District of Tanzania, near the village of Kinesi,  seedlings are grown in a nursery and distributed to the people that need it most: women-lead households or families hosting orphans get priority. Local schools also get seedlings (often fruit trees) to plant on their  school premises. The project furthermore provides training in sustainable agricultural practices including permaculture so that the trees can also boost agriculture yield and food production. These families now enjoy with larger and diversified incomes , better food  and can even pay for medicine. WeForest has worked in Tanzania since 2011 with Global Resource Alliance. 

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    The nursery workers are preparing pots, so that the seeds can germinate.
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    Working in the nursery.
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    Restoration plot.
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    Working an irrigation system at the tree nursery.
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    3 year-old trees
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    8 year-old trees
  • Tanzania woman
    Empowering women in our Tanzania project.
  • Beneficiary farmer
    "I am thankful for the local tree nursery providing me with seedlings and training for many years" - says Patrick K.


Mara region, Northwestern Tanzania

Project Status


Restoration Approach


Project Partners

Global Resource Alliance 

Project Goals

Restore native forest
Increase food security
Create access to clean water
Promote access to medicinal and other forest products



Latest Project News

Tanzania video
How to make a tree grow?
| 19 March
14 January 2019
Planting trees for our children
| 02 February
2 February 2017
Planting trees at schools
| 06 December
6 December 2016
Welcome to Muhundwe Primary School
| 10 November
10 November 2016

Why is intervention needed?

In Tanzania, the destruction of natural forests is threatening rural communities and native wildlife: inviting everyone in the community to plant trees in a great way to increase tree cover and raise awareness. WeForest funds tree nurseries that grow hundred of thousands seedling, which are then distributed to households in difficulty, churches, schools and clinics, providing trees for fruit, fencing, nitrogen fixing in farms firewood and animal fodder as well as medicine.

Ecological restoration

Experienced agroforestry trainers and trained workers are hired to grow thousands of tree seedlings in the nursery. These employees develop the nursery, train other families in the program, as well as the community at large, on how to plant and take care for the trees. They distribute seedlings once the holes have been prepared for planting and oversee the maintenance and care of the trees. Trees are distributed to individuals, families and groups, like churches, schools and clinic. A variety of species are distributed to provide fruit, fencing, nitrogen fixing, firewood and animal feed and medicine. 

Livelihood development

Tree distribution goes hand in hand with training on how to plant and how to protect them for the long term. Up to date, a total of 2500 households and 130 schools have received training and support to plant trees on homesteads, farms and school grounds. The project directly creates jobs: it currently employs six full time employees and 15 "guardians" (orphan caretakers), and directly benefits around 90 orphans. Finally, there are many thousands of local residents in Rorya and Tarime districts that benefit from the environmental enrichment that these trees provide.