July 31, 2017: Today and in the coming weeks, Earth Day Network is supporting the planting of 51,000 fruit trees and fruit tree saplings around Lalitpur, some of the poorest and most drought prone villages of Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh, India. The fruit trees will benefit struggling farmers, providing food and income in Anaoura village, Lalitpur, Bundelkhand, UP, India. Our partners at India’s Sustainable Green Initiative have scheduled the plantings to benefit from the upcoming monsoon rains.
Fruit trees are an important natural and economic tool available to alleviate hunger and poverty, and to combat climate change. With education and on-going support, the 51,000 fruit trees will be nurtured by 120 local farmer families.
In addition, the trees will help rebuild the natural environment after the severe 2015 drought across India, in which Bundelkhand stood out as the worst affected region.
Lalitpur district has a population of over 1.2 million people and is known for its many historical and cultural attractions including important Hindu and Jain temples. The climate of the district is sub-tropical, which is characterized by a very hot, dry summer and a cold winter.
Earth Day Network is seeking additional funds to expand and continue this project during the rest of 2017 and 2018, addressing local environmental and economic challenges and supporting local populations.