Apr 8, 2021

Continued climate action in Tanzania - thank you!

Agroforestry system on a farm in Choma village.
Agroforestry system on a farm in Choma village.

Welcome to your quarterly report update on APOPO’s HeroTREEs program in Tanzania. Despite the global effects of Covid-19, our farmers remain working and are as committed as ever, to mitigating climate change and sustaining the important habitat of the Uluguru Mountains, part of the Eastern Arc range.

At least 25% of Tanzanians depend on the Eastern Arc Mountains for their water supply. The Eastern Arc is recognised internationally as an area with an exceptional concentration of unique plant and animal species.

Here’s your round up of the past few months – we couldn’t do what we do, without support such as yours, so thank you for making this possible!

APOPO’s project mission is to train local farmers and plant a total of 21,000 trees over five years. Working in partnership with Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), training is being provided to local farmers working on the slopes of the Uluguru Mountains. This will result in reduced greenhouse gases from mature trees that are being planted, conservation of tropical forest, increased water quality and quantity, elimination of slash and burn agriculture, and an increase in the carbon content of the soil. 

In the last three months, partner SAT have trained 92 farmers in the following mountain villages:

  • 20 farmers Ruvuma 
  • 24 Farmers at Mgambazi
  • 20 farmers at Tulo
  • 18 farmers at Choma
  • 10 farmers at Kisosa

This last quarter, they started work on a new tree nursery in Choma, where preparation and management of tree seedlings is ongoing. 

In December SAT carried out inspections of farms, assessing farmers for planting and maintaining trees as well as the caretaking of tree seedling nurseries. Over 85 farmers, our Tree Planting Heroes, proved eligible for payment showing that your donation has made an incredible difference, not only to the farmers and their families, but also to the local mountain communities in Tanzania, who will pass on this wisdom and care to future generations. Your contribution goes towards ensuring these trees can continue to grow and absorb carbon without the risk of being cut down. Thank you.

This week, APOPO's HeroTREEs is participating in GlobalGiving's Climate Action Appeal - donate today until Friday 23rd April 12pm EST and your donation will be doubled!

Group photo during farmer payment in February.
Group photo during farmer payment in February.

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Mar 8, 2021

Beautiful Ceremony to Hand Back Land in Cambodia

Planting seedlings around the former minefield.
Planting seedlings around the former minefield.

Thank you so much for your continued support last quarter! Your support has contributed to some incredible achievements, and we hope you enjoy reading about the highlights of your incredible investment into APOPO's work.

Excitingly, on January 14th, APOPO and the Cambodia Mine Action Center (CMAC) participated in a ceremony to hand over the last minefield cleared during 2020!  Over the last 5 years APOPO’s innovative working methods in Cambodia have proven to be reliable and much more cost-efficient compared to traditional manual landmine clearance techniques. We even exceeded our target goal for 2020 by 25%, clearing a total of 4,389,935 square meters of land over the course of the year! There is still much to do, Cambodia has some of the world’s highest mine and UXO casualty rates, but with your help, we know we can do it.

We are also delighted to report that we have received a huge boost to our efforts to eradicate landmines in Angola from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BMFA). Angola has one of the highest casualty rates of any landmine-affected country, so we will continue to seek funding for this vital work, in order to meet the 2025 target by the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) deadline of 2025.

HeroRATs training to help fight illegal wildlife trafficking

HeroRATs have proved their ability to detect illegally trafficked pangolin scales (the world’s most widely trafficked mammal) and African hardwoods. Our team was thrilled to see a group of rats successfully indicate these while ignoring common items used to mask their smell in shipping containers! Together, in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) of South Africa, APOPO is now exploring the inclusion of additional wildlife products, while developing unique deployment strategies to position the rats where they are needed most.

We hope that you enjoy seeing the impact of your donations, as much as we do - none of this would be possible without support, such as yours. Thank you.

This week, we are taking part in GlobalGiving’s Little x Little campaign, where from the 8th March until the 12th March, your donations are match funded. If you donate this week, before Friday 12th March, your donation will be automatically increased by 50%! 

Giving back the land - last minefield cleared 2020
Giving back the land - last minefield cleared 2020
HeroRATs training to stop wildlife trafficking
HeroRATs training to stop wildlife trafficking

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Dec 10, 2020

A period of learning

Welcome to your quarterly report update. Even as pandemic precautions continue to affect our lives across the globe, our farmers remain on task and committed to our environmental efforts. Here’s the latest news from the field:

The last few months have been a time of training and growth for our team. We've been focused on training new farmers and setting the foundation for the future of the program.

90 total farmers were trained in the last 3 months:

  • 20 farmers at Ruvuma 
  • 20 farmers at Mgambazi
  • 20 farmers at Tulo
  • 20 farmers at Choma
  • 10 farmers at Kisosa

Our current trees continue to mature and undergo routine inspection as part of farmer training.

Your help has made a difference.

During this unusual time, while many businesses feel the economic impact of continued social distancing, rural farmers are amongst those most vulnerable to hardship and poverty. APOPO remains steadfast in our humanitarian mission to help alleviate poverty in farming communities whilst protecting the environment. We remain in compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety and stay the course of our mission.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity and support during the Q4 period. Even in uncertain times, the kindness of those around us has made a huge impact on the lives of local farmers and their families. We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and a healthy, prosperous New Year.

We hope you enjoy the photos we've attached with the report showing the progress of our farmers and we look forward to continuing our journey with you in 2021.

 
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