【ITTO】Support for women’s groups with the restoration of forest landscapes in the prefectures of Blitta and Lacs, Togo
A. Case Study Overview
- 1. Activity/ Project Title:
- Support for women’s groups with the restoration of forest landscapes in the prefectures of Blitta and Lacs, Togo
- 2. Themes:
- Climate Change, Infrastructure, SDGs
- 3. Summary:
ITTO and Soka Gakkai to help empower women in Togo through forest restoration
- 4. Sector:
- Organization ： ITTO
- 5. Implementation Period:
Since Sep.2020 －
- 6. Project Site :
- Blitta and Lacs, Togo
- 7. Stakeholders＆Partners:
- Soka Gakkai
- 8. Objectives:
- Helping empower women in Togo through forest restoration
- 9. /Activities:
D. Challenges and solutions:
- 10. Challenges and solutions:
Forests are dwindling rapidly in Togo due to pressure from a growing population, the expansion of agriculture, overexploitation, extreme weather events, and a lack of local capacity to implement sustainable forest management, leading to negative impacts on food security, wood supply and livelihoods. Women in rural communities are among the most affected due to gender-related inequalities.
E. Outcomes and Impacts:
- 11. Outcomes＆Impacts:
This activity is supporting women’s groups in two of Togo’s poorest prefectures, Blitta and Lacs, with the aim of contributing to food security, meeting local needs for fuel energy, and generating income from forestry and agroforestry.
The initiative has involved 100 women, who produced nearly 30 000 seedlings of forest tree species in 12 months and used them to restore 20 hectares of degraded lands, comprising 8 hectares of tree plantations and 12 hectares of agroforests (7 hectares of trees and maize and 5 hectares of trees and soybeans). The agroforests are already generating significant financial income, and the plantation will ultimately help address local needs for wood energy and timber.
The two women’s groups now want to double the restored area and take the lead in the production and sale of tree seedlings in Togo.
- 12. Budget:
- 13. Source:
- Soka Gakkai, ITTO