desertification

School environment club planting trees in Maroua

April and May are the hottest months in the Far north region of Cameroon. Temperatures range between 36 and 42, sometimes 46 oC - pretty challenging for indoor classes when there is no air conditioning.  At Jacques de Bernon Catholic School in Maroua because of these extreme temperatures and as a a covid precaution,  lessons have moved outside.  It has made the teachers and learners appreciate the shade of mango trees planted on campus by the school's founders. The situation has [...]

New PACE materials in french – White thorn / Faidherbia albida

The Faidherbia albida action sheet is now available in french.   Faidherbia albida, the white thorn or White acacia, is a tree well known to people in most arid and semi-arid parts of Africa. It characterises many landscapes and is much valued. The seeds and leaves are an important food for domestic and wild animals. It fertilises the soil, protects against the harsh sun and grows where many other species can not survive. But it is becoming scarcer in many places, natural regeneration [...]

Green gold, Ana tree, White thorn, Faidherbia albida.

Even before climate change and a domestic energy crisis are brought into the equation, desertification in arid and semi-arid regions of Africa is a huge problem. A solution, to desertification,  as well as climate change and domestic energy problems, and one which needs to be promoted and encouraged again and again, is the planting of trees.  Planting trees is something most people just don't think about - 'trees look after themselves, we haven't planted them in the past, they have always [...]