Turn the tables on climate change

Help poor communities turn deserts into green,

and disaster into hope

North Darfur is one of the most drought prone areas of Sudan. Climate change has worsened the cycle of prolonged droughts and flash flooding. Growing crops and raising animals has never been tougher.

Unpredictable and extreme weather means less food produced, higher food prices and greater competition for both land and water. As the desert encroaches on vital farmland and pastureland, there’s even less to go around.

For many families like Khadija’s (pictured), when they returned to their villages after the civil war displaced them, they hoped they would finally see peace and prosperity – but now they face a new threat, climate change. Unless we act immediately communities will be forced to leave their villages for the second time in a decade, meaning families lose their homes, their crops and their livelihoods.

Please, donate now and help people like Khadija turn the tables on climate change.

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Our plan

We aim to work with 35,600 people from 19 villages over a three-year period. Our innovative plan has five key elements:

  1. 1. Water management

Making the most of the water during the rainy season by storing it for as long as possible using repaired dams and newly built reservoirs. We will work with community members to build and restore five dams/hafirs and other earthworks.

  1. 2. Irrigation

Connecting the stored water to where it’s needed most and using it to rehabilitate the land. Together we will install two solar pumping stations to directly irrigate 3,000 small farms.

  1. 3. Forest planting

Planting forests to re-green land lost to the advancing desert and improve environmental resilience. A community tree planting scheme will initially propagate 30,000 seedlings during the project period and tens of thousands more over time.

  1. 4. Re-greening pastureland

The local people will re-seed 500 acres of grassland to provide food for livestock and restore the balance of resources between pastoralists and farmers.

  1. 5. Farming and Business Training

Training farmers in new techniques such as crop rotation, crescent farming and crop spacing in order to improve harvests.