Why diversity and continuity are key in tree planting

Stakeholders of Safe Line Farm, an agribusiness venture, hold fruit trees during the National Tree Planting Day on November 13, 2023. Tree planting should be a culture and not a one-day engagement. PHOTO/Mzii Photography Kenya.
  • Trees are a vital component of our ecosystem and play various roles in the sustainability of life in general.
  • Trees present a multitude of business ventures and investment opportunities when harvested sustainably. 
  • Planting a variety of trees in Africa is a powerful and pragmatic strategy to curb the sting of climate change. 

Monday, November 13, 2023, was declared the national tree planting day for Kenya, with President William Ruto setting a target of planting over 15 billion trees countrywide by 2030.

The exercise kicked off well across the country, with various leaders spearheading the tree planting in various areas.

Trees are a vital component of our ecosystem and play various roles in the sustainability of life in general. 

They produce oxygen while at the same time absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thereby directly contributing to the sustainability of humans and fauna that require oxygen for survival every second.

Trees contribute significantly to preventing desertification by minimizing soil loss while promoting the formation of rainfall. 

This ensures the availability of water for the sustainability of general life. Trees also provide food to humans and animals, as well as other flora.

Several animals and birds use trees as their home, while humans harness a lot of building and furniture materials from them.

Moreover, the shade and windbreaks provided by these diverse trees can improve agricultural productivity, ensuring food security for vulnerable regions.

Trees present a multitude of business ventures and investment opportunities when harvested sustainably. 

These range from timber and wood products to fodders, vegetables, nutritious fruits, tubers, roots, medicinal products, and secondary ventures such as beekeeping. 

Trees provide safe space for bees, other insects and birds and significantly contribute to pollination and natural seed propagation, which are vital in enhancing food security. 

Going forward

We at www.safelinefarm.com are aware of how critical sustainability and environmental friendliness are. 

We are committed to our obligation to safeguard the natural resources that are vital to our business operations and the general wellbeing of our planet. 

In this crucial endeavor, it’s essential to emphasize the diversity of trees planted. 

Vicent Sagwe, a consultant farmer, Founder and Secretary, Safe Line Farm, an agribusiness venture, holding a tree during the National Tree Planting Day on November 13. PHOTO/Mzii Photography Kenya.

While all trees play a role in climate mitigation, incorporating fruit trees into reforestation initiatives adds an extra layer of benefit. 

Fruit trees not only contribute to environmental restoration but also provide sustainable sources of nutrition and income for local communities.

Towards this end, we have isolated the promotion of fruit trees as a major step in promoting tree cover while ensuring nutritional security in terms of vitamins and essential oils that are obtained by consuming fruits. 

Fruit trees also provide a wide range of flowers that are essential for honey production. 

Going forward, just as we did on this day, we shall be partnering with various tree nursery owners and other stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the project.

Tree and tree product consumption is an everyday occurrence. 

Everyday engagement

It is for this reason that we believe that tree planting must be an everyday engagement and not just an exercise that should be done on one declared day. 

The declared day should essentially be to identify, reward and honor the various champions of environmental conservation via tree planting. 

There is no better way of ensuring sustainable tree planting than this. We should all be involved in planting trees on a continuing basis. 

As Prof. Wangari Maathai advised us, we should, like the hummingbird, contribute in our own small way, even when that contribution appears insignificant in the eyes of others. 

Amid Climate Change’s ravaging effects, the call to plant more trees, restore forests and protect them goes past any nation’s borders and permeates to the whole of Africa, and the world at large. 

According to the latest reports, Africa loses an estimated 4 million hectares of forest annually, exacerbating the climate crisis. 

Planting more trees in the region is not just an environmental choice but a necessity.

A tree-planting culture

Trees not only sequester carbon but also help retain water, prevent soil erosion, and support biodiversity, creating a resilient ecosystem that can withstand the challenges posed by climate change.

Communities, governments, and individuals must unite to combat deforestation and embark on ambitious reforestation initiatives that include the planting of trees in variety. 

Education campaigns can inform people about the importance of trees in climate change mitigation and inspire them to take part in planting activities, whether it is fruit trees or others.

By fostering a culture of diverse tree planting, we not only contribute to global climate action but also empower local communities with a variety of resources. 

Conclusively, planting a variety of trees in Africa is a powerful and pragmatic strategy to curb the sting of climate change. 

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All voices of change underscore the urgency of action, and it is our collective responsibility to make tree planting a norm. Let us come together to create a sustainable and resilient future for Africa and the planet as a whole.

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Mr. Sagwe is currently the Secretary/CEO at www.safelinefarm.com. He has extensive experience in agriculture and leadership, having served as Kisii County Executive Member for Agriculture, (2013-2017), at the county's Ministry of Roads (2017-2022) and at KTDA (1996-2010). His contact: vsagwe@gmail.com


  1. Good write-up. Tree planting should be a continuous exercise all the years round, diversity in seedlings selection being emphasised more so in fruit trees for more economical and nutritional value.


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