4HMT-AFRICA consists of independent tree nursery and tree planting service-learning projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana. Youth volunteers are learning about botany, horticulture, environmental science, forestry, and climate change, and having fun planting trees.
4HMT advocates for native and locally adapted trees, but also promotes trees that can meet needs within the communities including agroforestry trees for enhanced food security and poverty reduction, fast-growing trees for erosion control, windbreaks, and heat control.
Below is a photo of some 4-H Africa members.
For example, Moringa oleifera is a miracle tree whose leaves, seeds, and pods can provide a high level of nutrition. Mango has a further advantage that the excess fruit can be sold into the fruit juice market, and help people raise incomes.
While 4HMT-AFRICA started out as a climate change project, it has now evolved into an economic development project. 4HMT has teamed with the Friends of Usambara Society (FoU), located in Lushoto, Tanzania since 2015 to plant trees millions of trees in the West Usambara Mountains. FoU creates 4-H clubs at the schools so youth can be climate ambassadors and do their part in the climate crisis.