Plant 250 million trees for transformative economic and environmental sustainability across Africa with Focusing Philanthropy and One Acre Fund

As always, Focusing Philanthropy covers all overhead costs. 100% of every donation will go to the Planting Trees For Resilience initative.


THE NEED

More than half of all the poorest people in the world are subsistence farmers or their families. One Acre Fund provides farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with the tools and training they need to grow their way out of hunger. But, beyond food security, farm families need assets to protect against unexpected costs and allow for investments in their futures.  Tree-planting not only benefits the environment, it also acts as a long-term, cashable savings plan for the rural poor; the challenge is bringing the practice to scale.  


THE APPROACH

Prior collaboration between One Acre Fund (OAF) and Focusing Philanthropy (FP) has resulted in the expansion of OAF’s proven program into five new countries and additional areas of Kenya; by 2030, ~36M subsistence farm family members will be permanently out of starvation poverty through this program, half in geographies where FP funded the launch. Now, we seek to leverage OAF’s substantial institutional platform, deep relationships with a rapidly growing group of farmers, and experience gained over five years of tree-planting experimentation at increasing scale (40M to date), to orchestrate the planting of a billion trees in the years ahead.

OAF has found tree-planting to be the most effective asset-accumulation vehicle for rural households, generating farmer ROIs above 500% in addition to mitigating climate change by preventing soil runoff and sequestering carbon. 


THE GOAL

Focusing Philanthropy and One Acre Fund are launching the large-scale implementation of OAF’s tree program across eight African countries. Together, we aim to raise $30M to fund our ambitious goal of 250M trees planted by 3.1M farmers by 2023 and invest in the capacity to reach the ultimate goal of 1 billion trees. 

Campaign donations can be made to Focusing Philanthropy, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are fully tax deductible and 100% of funds contributed go to Planting Trees For Resilience. All Focusing Philanthropy costs are covered by its founders.