TREES

In the book of Proverbs we read: “a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children”. In these days of global de-forestation, trees and forests may be a truly precious inheritance to leave for our children and grand-children.

In planting trees ourselves, and in encouraging our communities to plant trees, we are improving our own lives in the future, at the same time as ensuring that there will be a pleasant future for our children. Trees improve the quality of our lives, by providing shade and beauty, fuel, fodder, fruit, timber, paper and many other things, in addition to protecting the soil from erosion and water loss.  

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 5.

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  • Agroforestry

    The term “agroforestry” has been widely used for 10 or 15 years. It involves growing trees together with crops and sometimes livestock on the same land.

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  • Editorial

    In the book of Proverbs we read: “a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children”. In these days of global de-forestation, trees and forests may be a truly precious inheritance to leave for our children and grand-children.

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  • Energy efficient cooking stoves

    A vast majority of women, especially in densely populated areas, are experiencing an ever increasing shortage of firewood. They find they have to spend more and more time gathering enough firewood, or agricultural wastes such as coffee or tea braches, maize cobs and stalks etc.

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  • Grafting citrus trees

    Many of the fruits we eat come from trees. Fruits are an important human food, rich in vitamins. Some fruits, such as papaya and passion fruit, grow easily from seed. But if you have tried growing citrus fruit from seeds, you may have been disappointed with the results.

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  • Involving a community in forestry projects

    Almost everyone likes trees. They bring lots of benefits and are pleasant to have around. However, spending time and effort on them often seems less important than growing food, finding clean water or helping to build a new school classroom.

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  • Knotty Problem

    Sue Hanley, a midwife with experience in Sudan and Kenya, provides some helpful answers to Dorothy’s problems, concerning traditional practices at birth in the area of Cuzco, Peru (Footsteps No. 4).

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  • Letters

    Appreciated. I wonder whether all your readers enjoy and gain as much from the esteemed paper as I do. Footsteps really gives us all we would like to know about our precious lives, while still battling for the eternal one. Apart from the health advice we get from it, we are also encouraged with bible studies for our spiritual health. I like to hear of how God uses his people in research work to help us with things like vaccines for the dreaded malaria.

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  • Motivating individuals to care for trees

    If you ask farmers in the hills of Nepal what benefits are received from trees and the forest, they will answer without hesitation. Starting with tree leaf-fodder for their livestock (their only source of manure), they will continue with firewood, timber, fruit, animal bedding and shade. They may also mention the rather less obvious benefits of improving water resources and preventing soil erosion. However, if you then ask whether they have planted any trees recently, or whether they have ...

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  • Resources

    Agroforestry Today. This is a free, fairly technical, newsletter which would be helpful for people working in Agroforestry. It is available in French and English.

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  • Tree nurseries

    Take care when choosing a site for a tree nursery. It should be close to a permanent supply of water. Remember the nursery will be full of seedlings during the dry season. The site must be on well drained land that does not flood, with a supply of fertile soil nearby. It will need to be protected from animals.

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