Cotton farming plays an important role in the sub-Saharan African economy and is critical in the fight against rural poverty. Unfortunately, the current cotton production methods are environmentally unsustainable. The application of agrochemicals leads to contamination of water systems. Heavy use of pesticides also raises concern for the wellbeing of the farm workers, wildlife, and nearby communities. Extensive monoculture production of cotton is also known to have long-term negative impact on the land. Monoculture production severely degrades soil quality, depletes soil nutrients, and increases soil vulnerability to erosion.
Together, we will be supporting local farmers to produce sustainable cotton in a regenerative agroforestry system. The system mixes trees, cotton, and other crops to increase harvest yields while restoring degraded landscapes. Through this project, a diverse range of trees will be planted. This includes avocado, mango, and papaya trees, timber species and animal fodder crops. The goal of this project is to restore the degraded land by integrating planet positive systems. Additional benefits include an improvement in farmers’ livelihoods and soil quality, increase in cotton yield and restoring native ecosystems for biodiversity to thrive.