Helping the poorest to help themselves
2nd September 2020:
A report from Lovemore
Since we focused on planting indigenous trees this year the really serious work has been to find seeds suitable for growing the wide range of Climate, Altitude and Soil conditions we encounter over a large area from Central to Northern Malawi. Then we have to consider how they will benefit the poorest people imaginable who will plant these trees on their own land.
To their great credit, our team of Lovemore and Boyd have a great relationship with communities especially the older ones, extracting every little bit of information on trees they once had. Something that has led to many discoveries of very beneficial trees in terms of their use for construction (like one, a hardwood, that has straight poles and resists attack by termites) then there are forgotten fruit trees, and many long used as medicines.
The tree in the picture is a fig tree, one of four in this area, so they will note the altitude, and all other vital conditions and bring some seeds back for research, while asking the community to collect some carefully when the fruit is ripe (and eaten), so that we can buy some and they can plant more.