Malawi was covered in forest but over the past decade, people have been cutting down trees and burning them for farming, known as ‘slash and burn’ agriculture and fuel. With Malawi’s population doubling every 25 years (2015 Source World Bank), the environment is unable to recover and regrow enough trees to support the increasing needs. Along with our eco-stove program, our afforestation program involves communities volunteering in the replanting of trees each month.
Our community coordinators stress the importance of trees including the benefits of shade, preventing soil erosion, and carbon sequestration. Malawians have become more aware of the effects of climate change and the changes in rainfall and are willing and wanting to participate in these afforestation programs.