Manage 20 specialist community fruit tree nurseries.
Work with 10,000 households per year to grow 10 fruit trees each. Read more >
How We Work
Support our 20 specialist fruit nurseries.
Grow improved fruit trees at our central nursery and distribute to schools and families. Read more >
The Project’s Future
Continue supporting our specialist fruit tree nurseries.
Continue supplying fruit trees to schools and needy families. Read more >
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. A donation of £10 ($15) pays to grow and plant 10 improved fruit trees in Malawi, Africa.
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:
Produce a greater crop yield.
Have a stronger resistance to viruses.
Are of a much better quality.
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
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
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
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:
Fruit trees are planted in RIPPLE Africa’s improved fruit tree orchards at Mwaya.
Fruit trees are given to community groups whom RIPPLE Africa help to grow, plant, and look after their fruit trees.
Fruit tree groups growing improved fruit varieties are supported.
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