Since January 2020, the Albertine Rift Conservation Society, in partnership with the Livelihoods Funds, is implementing a 20-year project ‘Agroforestry for Livelihoods’
It is important to highlight that during the first year of the project, 600,486 trees were planted on 2,478 hectares in both Bugesera and Rulindo. Over and above that, 30 tree nurseries were established (7 in Bugesera and 23 in Rulindo) of which 15 were newly established this year 2021) with tree nursery seedlings production capacity of 1,394,250 seedlings mostly for agroforestry, including fruit and indigenous trees. It is worth mentioning that species in nurseries include avocados, mangoes, Podocarpus, Maesopsis, Erythrina, Ficus, Cedrella, Alnus, Markhamia, Polycias, Grevillea, Citrus, Mitragyna and Eucalyptus.
As thing stands now, the ‘Agroforestry for Livelihoods’ project is targeting to register at least 10,800 new farmers between April and July. Since the beginning of the year at least 5,160 ha of agricultural land of new farmers who joined the project were registered and will be mapped. Among other things, between May and August this year farmers who benefit from the ‘Agroforestry for Livelihoods’ project will be trained on SALM (Sustainable Agriculture Land Management) and small-scale enterprises business literacy and practice to improve their livelihoods.