The Ivovoani Farm
Ivovoani Farm (GPS coordinates: -1.917983, 37.209055) is planting 10,000 succulents, shrubs, and trees. The Ivovoani Farm is a Somalia-Masai Acacia-Commiphora deciduous bushland and thicket type woodland that has been regenerating since 2005.
The Degradation Story
Once covered by a dense thicket, it provided shelter for a warthog herd. The herd was blamed for damaging crops on nearby farms. It is said that a hunting party eliminated the warthogs and burnt down the tickets. Subsequently, the property was exploited for charcoal and grazing. By 2005, the property was a barren moonscape.
Since 2005, flora has naturally regenerated supplemented by selective planting of native species and drought-resilient fruit trees. The property has transformed into intermittent grasslands and woodland. The woodland provides forage and habitat for birdlife, bees and bats.
Trees we Plant
We are planting Acacia mellifera, Acacia nilotica, Acacia polyacantha, Acacia tortilis, Adansonia digitata, Aloe secundiflora, Aloe volkensii, Balanites aegyptiacus, Euphorbia ingens, Euphorbia tirucalli, Ficus bubu, Ficus sycomorus, and Morus mesozygia for erosion control, windbreaks, ground cover, and forage. Fruit trees planted including Carica papaya, Tamarindus indica, Mangifera indica, and Syzygium cumini.
What we Use Funds For
Funds raised will support tree propagation activities including tree nursery maintenance, seedling transportation cost, digging planting holes, purchase and spreading of compost, post-planting backfilling with quality topsoil, watering planted trees, and keeping brush in check. The tree nursery is maintained all year round. Trees are planted before the onset of long rains in April and short rains in October to ensure sufficient hardening. Between the rainy seasons, planted trees are watered. Tree planting will continue until there will be no more space on the tree farm.
By supporting the Ivovoani Tree Planting Campaign, you are investing hasslefree in carbon sequestration while helping preserve native flora on gullied dryland landscapes we protect from erosion.