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Fighting the desert’s advance with farm trees in Pakistan
Every day, Jeeja Meghwar and her son spend up to 10 hours tending her three-acre farm in Nagarparker. They grow lemons, onions, tomatoes and chillies – crops that earn Meghwar enough to support herself and her two children.
But another key crop also lines the edges of her dry farmland: over 400 indigenous trees, planted as part of an agro-forestry campaign to beat back desertification in arid Tharparker district and improve lives and livelihoods.
Unsustainable land management practices are only making things worse. The result? Decreased soil fertility, deforestation, and a loss of crop productivity and biodiversity.
The project, which aims to reach 800 families, is just one of several initiatives in Tharparkar district , 490 km (300 miles) northeast of Karachi, that encourage local communities to take up agro-forestry in the hopes of beating back the expanding desert.
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