Project to Plant Acacia Trees in Tunisia Combats Desertification

A social enterprise project to plant acacia trees in Tunisia addresses water scarcity and desertification caused by climate change in Tunisia.

Acacias For All was launched in 2012 by Sarah Toumi, a 29-year-old Tunisian social entrepreneur, with the objective to not only tackle desertification but also support local agricultural workers.

The acacia tree is being introduced to farming communities as an alternative to olive and almond crops which do not thrive when irrigated with the salty ground water found here.

Rainfall has been scarce in Tunisia in recent years and conventional farming methods tend to cause soil depletion, which adds further stress to the local agricultural sector.

Rod Waddington