Tajikistan Trees

Planting trees to bring harmony to the land of sharp contrasts

Trees and farms - Innovation and resources​ - Bringing harmony

The Tajikistan Trees Project

Beautiful nature

Ancient culture

Welcoming people

Environmental damage

Uncertain future

Poverty​

Tajikistan Trees Project

Tajikistan Trees is a project of Dasht Foundation. Dasht aims to help Tajikistan; the land and the people. We work to re-forest Tajikistan and revitalise sustainable small-scale farming. We work to improve the livelihoods in rural communities, focusing on women empowerment.

Why Tajikistan?

Tajikistan is vulnerable to climate change. The main problem is landslides, caused by erosion, increased by extensive deforestation. The soil has become exhausted. Tajikistan has only 3% of forested area left. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan faced an energy crisis in the 1990s. The supply of coal and electricity came to a halt, and people had to cut down trees. The impact is still felt today. In Tajikistan 40% of the population lives below the poverty line.


The official language of Tajikistan is Tajik, a variety of Persian, and Russian is
also spoken by many.
Population: 8,91 million people
Tajikistan became independent in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. A civil war broke out.
100.000 people died and 500.000 people left the country. After the war the country was devastated. The country has been recovering very slowly ever since, facing new challenges due to environmental factors.

Why Trees?

Trees stop erosion and protect farming lands. It is possible to help Tajikistan and its people by planting trees and by encouraging locals to do small- scale farming on the land protected by the newly planted trees. By planting trees we will protect the environment – this will have an impact on the life of all of us.

Tajikistan Trees project will plant fast growing trees like poplar, willow and tree of heaven. The root system of poplar and willow trees have the beneficial effect of holding the soil together and reduce erosion. In addition to reducing erosion, these trees are beneficial for their: carbon storage, wind protection, flood risk reduction, air quality improvement, increasing biodiversity, aesthetics and sustainable timber production.

Our vision

The Tajikistan Trees Organisation will contribute to improving global sustainability.

  • Drawing down atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • Engaging local communities
  • Promoting a safe, healthy and sustainable food production
  • Empowering women
  • Sharing the knowledge of sustainable farming
  • Save the soil for the next generations

Our mission

  • Planting trees to draw down atmospheric CO2, while supporting the smallholder farmers. Promoting reforestation and appropriate tree cultivation.
  • Train farmer groups on organic farming techniques and practices in order to reclaim the ecological status of the project area and achieve sustainability in food production.
  • Share the knowledge and good practice from other initiatives through participatory workshops.
  • Provide farmers with training materials and examples of safe, organic farming practices; help them improve their awareness and agricultural skills to realise stable and sustainable food production in healthy working conditions and a sustainable environment.
  • Monitor and follow up trained farmers to ensure compliance with the learnt organic farming techniques and practices.
  • Provide food and education to schools in rural areas by planting fruit trees and making vegetable gardens for each school. Inspire and motivate school students to think about healthy ecosystems and how they can become part of a green revolution.

Sustainability & Innovation

Our tree planting project will not only decrease atmospheric CO2 towards carbon neutrality, but will at the same time support the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s):

SDG 1: No Poverty

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 15: Life on Land

Innovative strategies

Tajikistan’s agriculture faces the following challenges: poor productivity; water stress and disaster-incurred losses. Cotton cultivation, inefficient water systems and the inadequate property ownership rights of the farmers all lead to the overuse of the soil. Soil is in danger of degradation due to erosion, swamping, deforestation and salinisation. The climate of the country further worsens the state of the soil, desertification has been a major problem for decades. Tajikistan’s climate is characterised by long, dry and hot summers.

Eco-friendly innovation stimulates not only production but an efficient use of natural resources as well. Innovative strategies have the potential to decrease poverty through rural development.

Farmers training

Dasht contributes to the promotion of safe, healthy and sustainable food production by raising awareness among smallholder farmers in Tajikistan. Farmers are provided with training materials and examples of safe, organic farming practices. Dasht helps them to realise stable and sustainable food production in healthy working conditions in a sustainable environment.

Awareness campaign:

  1. We make farmers aware of the dangers of using large amounts of synthetic external inputs. Synthetic materials will degrade their land and harm their own health.
  2. We train farmer groups in organic farming practices. We will consequently reclaim ecological status quo in the area and achieve sustainability in food production.
  3. We monitor and follow up farmers trained by us. We thus will ensure compliance with the learnt organic farming techniques and practices.

The smallholder farmers are predominantly women, due to high male migration. 75.1 percent of women and 41.8 percent of men work in the agricultural sector in Tajikistan. Only 10% of Tajik women involved in farming are land-owners. At the same time in rural areas 86% of women work as farmers. It is difficult for women to adapt to the new situation: they are taking on the roles that traditionally belonged to men and at the same time they need to keep on their traditional female roles in the family and household. This double workload lessens their chances of education and networking. Thereby the gender gap is kept in terms of financial appreciation and social opportunities despite the change in roles.

Projects

Spring 2021 Tree Planting Campaign

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, we have postponed our campaign to 2021. In April 2020 we only made a pilot study to plant trees for one farm in Jafr village, which was operated by Rushnoi NGO.

 

In March 2021 we will start our project, in collaboration with Rushnoi NGO.

We will:

  • plant 5000 trees around farm lands in Jafr and Mazor villages.
  • conduct a pilot study: we want to learn the challenges that farmers in rural Tajikistan face. We will talk to the farmers individually in cc. 20 interviews.
  • conduct a feasibility study: which small improvements can improve the life standards of locals via building biomass stoves; bee hives and vegetable gardens.
  • focus on women empowerment throughout the process.
 

2021-2026 Project-Creating fruit and vegetable gardens for schools

We aim to collaborate with Neksigol Mushovir NGO on a big project: to make fruit and vegetable gardens for schools in regions with low and inferior standards. There will be workshops about how to make a vegetable garden at school, in which interested women from the village can learn about making a vegetable garden in their backyard. 

Get involved

Help to support farmers in need while drawing down CO2. 

Dasht Foundation will plant 5000 trees in Rasht valley of Tajikistan in 2021, where smallholder farmers need our support the most.

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Contact

Musicalkade 25

3543 CM Utrecht

The Netherlands

T +31645645289

info@dasht.nl

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