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ARBOR DAY IN TOGO

VSF- Suisse, 03.06.2019

 

Togo has long been among the countries with the highest deforestation rates in the world, even though its forests cover only little surface (6.8% of the national area in 2011). The protected Abdoulaye forest is one of the Togolese natural areas which have been most affected by deforestation, due to the communities who live nearby and cut down trees for coal production and to create new pastures. That is why, in 2014 we started a project to improve the protection of the forest. As part of this, we have raised awareness about the consequences of deforestation on climate change and the forest’s ecosystem and created alternative sources of income.

 

 

Prior to this year’s national Arbor Day in Togo on 1 June, the tree nurseries that we have formed around the forest have produced nearly 6’500 seedlings of various species. Examples are cashew trees, moringa, mahogany trees, eucalyptus, teak, néré and gmélina. They will be planted in schools, public spaces, gardens and buffer areas around the Abdoulaye forest. Additionally, our beneficiaries of the APFA II project (shea processors, beekeepers, farmers and community animal health workers) have acquired and planted at least 5 plants per person on Arbor day itself to foster reforestation in the region. 

 

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ANOTHER DROUGHT IN THE GEDO REGION OF SOMALIA

VSF- Suisse, 16.05.2019

The Gedo region in Somalia is on the verge of a drought, because so far it has received only very little rain from the country’s most important rainy season. According to the FAO, the “Gu” rainy season, which normally lasts from April to June, accounts for about 75% of the country's annual rainfall. Its absence therefore has serious consequences for the people and animals in the region, especially agro-pastoralists. This year some regions have not experienced any rainfall at all, while other regions of the country had only light precipitation. As a result, parts of the Dawa River, which in Somalia is an important waterway, have dried up completely. The only way to get water for the local population is thus to dig up and drain the sand from the riverbed. The weakest livestock have already died, and the number of internally displaced people in the neighbouring regions has risen.

 

 

We have been working in the region for many years. In our activities, we concentrate on ensuring food security and minimising the risk of crop failure and livestock loss in emergency situations, such as this one. An example of how we work in these situations is the LLRP project, which has been extended several times due to recurring droughts. You can find out more about the project here.

 

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