Fruit Tree Project

BRIEF SUMMARY

Key Benefits

What We Have Achieved

How We Work

The Project’s Future

What It Costs
By donating to this project, you are helping the environment, improving the health of people in Malawi, and providing a vital income stream to families who really need it. RIPPLE Africa wants as many people as possible to have access to improved fruit trees.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT
Why Is It So Important?
RIPPLE Africa began its fruit tree project in 2007 and grows improved citrus, mango, guava, pawpaw (papaya), avocado, and banana trees in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi. While some fruit trees grow naturally in Africa, trees are often poorly managed, and some fruit trees (banana trees in particular) suffer from viruses which mean they do not produce fruit. RIPPLE Africa has established improved fruit trees which:

All fruit trees are for the benefit of the community and, in time and with proper care, will produce enough fruit for community members to eat, and to sell for profit.

  • Force, RIPPLE Africa Environmental Projects Manager, and Catherine, RIPPLE Africa Tree Planting Project Manager South, with a young mango tree
    Force, RIPPLE Africa Environmental Projects Manager, and Catherine, RIPPLE Africa Tree Planting Project Manager South, with a young mango tree

Any kind of tree planting project is hugely important to the environment in Malawi; however, fruit tree planting in particular creates a natural incentive for people to protect their trees as a fruit tree provides both food and income.

RIPPLE Africa’s fruit tree planting project is also an important way of improving nutrition. In Malawi, malnutrition is a large cause of death among children, and poor diet can lead to general ill health and disease. Many people in Malawi go hungry and survive only on a staple carbohydrate called nsima (a porridge made from either maize or cassava), severely lacking many of the important vitamins and minerals which fruit can provide. Free access to a variety of fruit at household level improves the health of vulnerable rural families.

Lastly, because RIPPLE Africa’s improved fruit tree project produces fruit of a higher quality, fruit from one of RIPPLE Africa’s fruit trees is highly competitive at market, especially some varieties such as oranges and tangerines which are rarely grown in the area. The value of access to a sustainable income stream for a poor rural family cannot be underestimated!

  • Improved RIPPLE Africa mango trees are already producing fruit
    Improved RIPPLE Africa mango trees are already producing fruit
  • Banana trees need to be planted in good compost and benefit from the addition of rotted leaves near the base of their stems
    Banana trees need to be planted in good compost and benefit from the addition of rotted leaves near the base of their stems
  • This pawpaw tree is three years old
    This pawpaw tree is three years old

What We Have Achieved

RIPPLE Africa manages 20 specialist fruit tree nurseries run by community groups, and the main fruit tree nursery at Mwaya is now producing a small number of budded fruit trees for sale. Improved RIPPLE Africa mango trees are already producing fruit.

How We Work

Fruit trees are grown from infancy in RIPPLE Africa’s special fruit tree nursery at Mwaya so that RIPPLE Africa staff can manage the delicate budding and grafting process. This requires specialist knowledge, and we have trained local people to take on this role. From there, fruit trees go to one of the following:

  1. Fruit trees are planted in RIPPLE Africa’s improved fruit tree orchards at Mwaya.
  2. Fruit trees are given to community groups whom RIPPLE Africa help to grow, plant, and look after their fruit trees.
  3. Fruit tree groups growing improved fruit varieties are supported.
  4. Fruit trees are given to families as part of RIPPLE Africa’s Tree Planting Project.
  5. Fruit trees are given to local Primary Schools to plant and teach students the importance of tree planting and the environment.
  • Fruit tree nursery at Mwaya, the home of RIPPLE Africa
    Fruit tree nursery at Mwaya, the home of RIPPLE Africa
  • A RIPPLE Africa community fruit tree nursery
    A RIPPLE Africa community fruit tree nursery
  • Young improved guava trees grown from seed
    Young improved guava trees grown from seed

The Project’s Future

We are continuing to grow this project so that the number of fruit trees available to the local community increases. The budwood orchards are now providing budwood for future improved fruit trees.

Links to Documents

Top

Sign Up Now to Receive RIPPLE Africa's Newsletter

Receive the latest news from RIPPLE Africa direct to your e-mail address.

  • Become part of the RIPPLE Africa community
  • Receive newsletters by e-mail
Click here to close this popup

Please fill in your details below...

We never send spam or anything like that.