Reforestation in Tanzania



Tanzanian farmer brings forest back to life

by Inga Vesper

Nkoasenga is a small farming community on the slopes of Mount Meru near Arusha in northern Tanzania. The village is increasingly experiencing drought and soil degradation, which make it harder for local people togrow food and cash crops.

Jonas Somi is a 65-year-old farmer from Nkoasenga. He blames the village’s environmental problems on deforestation and so has started a tree-planting project. Somi is growing Grevillea robusta, more commonly known as silky oak, a species imported to Tanzania from Australia.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.