Local action can support coordinated initiatives to combat big environmental problems like global warming and rainforest destruction. Farmers are leading the way in making Niger green again by managing the gao tree, and in turn, the tree fertilizes their crops and supports their way of life. The Guardian’s West Africa correspondent Ruth Maclean dives into an eye-opening exploration on the symbiotic relationship between Niger’s people and the tree. This compelling read is perfect for those engaged in environmental or development work, especially with NGOs, or anyone interested in natural solutions to complex problems.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the gao tree is helping Niger become green again,
- Why small-scale farmers are leading the way in managing and protecting the gao, and
- How the beloved trees have fostered a way of life since at the least the mid-19th century.
About the Author
Ruth Maclean is The Guardian’s West Africa correspondent. She was previously a South Africa and Mexico correspondent for The New York Times.