In 2009, a partial drought resulted in crop failure in Niger. As a result, millions of people are now facing starvation. P4K created the Trees for Kids program to respond to this famine. Locally adapted trees, less sensitive to drought than annual cereals, are being grafted to produce nutritious fruits and help feed the population.

The Jujubier Tree

A small tree with lots of potential

*Grafting is the process of uniting a short length of stem of one plant onto the rootstalk of a different plant.

How the Project Works

In 2009, ICRISAT started a project leading to the grafting of wild Jujubier trees in farmers’ fields in Niger. P4K partners with ICRISAT and trains a group of young people from each village, supplying them with grafting tools and the shoots of the Pomme du Sahel varieties. Farmers pay these young grafters to graft their trees and maintain them for a period of one year. This simple approach allows for the grafting of thousands of wild Jujubier trees providing a nutritous food source, while supplying youth with a means to generate income and help their community.

Here's how you can help

Donate $10 or more to support the training of future farmers and grafters. Graft a tree, save a child!

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