I hail from Lyama subcounty Budaka district located in Eastern Uganda. It's was one of the districts with massive tree cover but these have since been lost to settlements and farmland due to high population growth.
This has exposed our community to so many risks from harsh weather, soil erosion due to exposure, soil infertility and high speed winds that destroy houses since trees would act as wind brakes.
The women and girls are the most affected. As these have too fetch firewood everyday as it's the only source of cooking fuel in my community. This senerio has exposed them to assult and worse rape as they tress pass to other people's reserves in hunt for firewood. Though these cases are often reported to local authorities, most women decide to keep away in fear of stigma.
If we raised enough tree seedlings at our community nursery. These would be planted especially on garden boundaries and as woodlots which would be a lasting solution.
I managed to collect some seeds from a local tree, raised them and realized the demand was high. The seed of Agro-forestry trees is scarce but can be bought on the local market if this campaign gives us a hand.