March 2

Analysis: These Startups Are Helping Women While Reforesting Africa

There were around six trillion trees before the onset of the agricultural revolution 12,000 years ago. Now only around half remain, and the world continues to lose an estimated 15 billion trees every year.

The consequent effect on the escalating climate crisis is significant. If tropical deforestation was a country, it would rank third in global CO2 emissions.

Thankfully, the risks to the world of losing more trees are being increasingly understood. We’re seeing significant government-led contributions to reforestation like Canada’s 2 Billion Trees commitment and Pakistan’s 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Project.

Photo courtesy of Bioversity International.

Source: World Economic Forum (link opens in a new window)

climate change, forests, poverty alleviation, startups, women entrepreneurs