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 : Soka Gakkai
5. Implementation Period:

Since  Sep.2020 -

6. Project Site :
Blitta and Lacs, Togo
7. Stakeholders&Partners:
Soka Gakkai

B. Objective:

8. Objectives:
Helping empower women in Togo through forest restoration

C. Activities

9. /Activities:

https://www.itto.int/news/2020/07/01/itto_and_soka_gakkai_to_help_empower_women_in_togo_through_forest_restoration/

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:

The aim of the pilot project, which will be launched on 1 September, is to empower participating women to improve their rights and living conditions through FLR. It will help the women increase their organizational, managerial and technical skills in nursery establishment and maintenance, enrichment planting for woodfuel, agroforestry, food cropping, and the production of wood and non-wood forest products for sale in local markets.

Expected results from the pilot, which will take place in the villages of Pagala-gare and Agouegan in Togo’s Blitta and Lacs prefectures, include restored forests, improved livelihoods, higher family incomes, greater resilience in the face of climate change and the increased participation of local women in forestry. The project will also help the participating communities create an economic buffer against the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

F. Budget:

12. Budget:

¥10,000,000

13. Source:
Soka Gakkai, ITTO