ICPSD in the News
Changing the Game in Togo, Africa
Halfway around the world in Togo, Africa, there is a rustic native plant nursery in the village of Notsé. Villagers from the community care for seedlings in containers that stretch toward the tropical sun. Togo has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world — these trees will be planted to help maintain plant and animal biodiversity, provide additional sources of food and shelter, and provide income to the community through the sale of renewable forest products.
Developing and Implementing a Forest Nursery Program in Togo
Togo, West Africa has one of the highest deforestation rates both globally and on the African continent, with recent reports showing only about 5% of forests remaining in the country. Enter the Institute for Community Partnerships and Sustainable Development (or ICPSD), a non-profit based in Moscow, ID, whose mission is to empower African communities to be self-sufficient, and at the center of their own development.
Growing Together in Africa
Kim Jackson, University of Idaho
On what was once bare, dusty ground surrounded by a cinderblock wall, a seedling nursery now stands in the village of Notsé in the country of Togo, Africa. Trays full of native plant seedlings sprawl under shade cloth that protects them from the hot tropical sun. Local community members monitor and care for the seedlings, then share the information they collect with researchers halfway around the world.