The Neno Macadamia Trust
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Benefits of planting macadamia trees Issues faced
Climate Change Macadamia trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere One hectare of macadamia planting sequesters 78 tonnes of CO2 over 25 years. To offset emissions from one person's 10 hour flight from London to Jo'burg 3 trees need to be planted and protected.
Smallholder Farmer Incomes Nuts provide a high value product that brings potential trade opportunities Most Malawians live off less than $1.25/day. Short term carbon payments for tree planting will supplement incomes, paying for school fees, seed, fertilizer, and other necessities. Long term macadamia production can provide a valuable income for farmers.
Nutrition Vital source of diversified nutrition Macadamia are high in fibre, minerals, nutrients, and vitamins. This provides needed diversification to a Malawian diet. Crucially, harvest occurs during the 'lean period', pre-maize harvest, when food stocks run low, prices increase and many households go hungry.
Environment Trees protect soils complementing cultivation of other crops Deforestation and over-cultivation of soils has led to severe ecosystem degradation across Malawi. Macadamia trees interplanted with crops help protect and nourish the fragile soils, improving food security and counteracting forest loss.
Energy Nut shells provide fuel for new cook stoves protecting surrounding forests Wood accounts for 90% of Malawi's energy use, yet cooking with wood stoves is the major cause of respiratory illness. New cookstoves, that use nut shell as fuel, improve health, reduce pollution, deforestation, and time spent collecting wood.
Drought Nut tree crops are resilient to extreme weather events such as drought and flooding As climate change brings volatility in rainfall and drought, traditional maize systems are very vulnerable. Macadamia can bring increased resilience as tree based systems can better deal with weather variations.