Number of farmers involved in the agroforestry programme of La Fondation Maison Du Monde
How we work with La Fondation Maisons du Monde on Wood
In 2010, Maisons du Monde (MdM) created a new role within their organisation for someone to oversee the social and environmental impacts of their products. This led to the partnership of MdM and TFT. Since then various programs have been launched in parallel to support community forests projects in India and Indonesia. Two emblematic wood species in the MdM’s furniture (Mango and Sheesham) have been identified and MdM decided to support the planting of India Sheesham trees by farmers at the boundaries of their fields. The aim of these programs is to encourage local farmers to maintain the endemic sheesham trees in the countryside (instead of other “imported” trees damaging the fertility of the soil). We are also organising the discussions in schools with the children to talk about the importance of the trees and agroforestry models. As part of our work we are promoting, through wall paintings in villages, the impact of the sheesham trees on soil and ground water
Planting Sheeshamm seedlings in India
The Sheesham trees are planted around the field in India and not in forests. In order to distribute 20,000 seedlings, we need to convince a great number of farmers and explain to them the advantages of this wood species and how to plant it. Our four foresters on the ground are working daily with farmers, to train them and to share with them the best practice on the Sheesham harvesting. Since the beginning of the programme more than 100,000 trees have been planted thanks to the support of the “Fondation Maison du Monde”
Number of planted seedlings in India
- 2010 – 0
- 2011 – 11,542
- 2015 – 20,000
- 2016 – 20,000
Support for Indian Farmers
Here is a short video which explains how La Fondation Maisons du Monde & TFT support Indian farmers. It shows a how Gregoire from TFT arranged a visit by world famous soil expert Claude Bourguignon to Indian farmer Vinod Jyani.
If the soil is not looked after trees cannot grow and if trees cannot grow you cannot do organic farming. Soil is an important aspect of our work. We want to reach peoples’ hearts and minds so they are inspired to follow.