TREE AID was established in 1987 by a group of foresters in response to the Ethiopian famine. Their aim was to establish a sustainable way of supporting poor rural communities in Africa. TREE AID help villagers, particularly women, to reduce poverty, protect their environment and earn income from the planting and protection of trees.
Between 1990 and 2010, Mali lost over 11 % of its tree cover. Ségou is part of Mali’s arid Sahelian zone which has suffered dramatic deforestation due to agricultural land clearance, fuelwood use and fodder collection. This has led to soil erosion and desertification.