Trees of Hope – Malawi // GO BACK

The Trees of Hope project aims to improve the livelihoods of rural farmers in the Dowa and Neno districts of Malawi.

The project coordinates community-led efforts in climate change mitigation and adaptation through agroforestry and reforestation activities, reducing the local community’s vulnerability to climate change through benefits derived from tree-based land use systems.

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The Clinton Development Initiative established the Trees of Hope Project in 2007 in the Dowa and Neno districts of Malawi to reverse deforestation, mitigate the harmful effects of climate change, and bolster a self-sustaining marketplace by making tree farming profitable and attractive for smallholder farmers.

The Trees of Hope project helps decrease the community’s vulnerability to climate change by implementing tree-based land use systems, while also providing farmers with increased income from the sale of Plan Vivo certified carbon credits. Plan Vivo supports communities in managing their natural resources by quantifying ecosystem services.

Through the Trees of Hope project, rural farmers in Malawi decide how they can best address threats to their local ecosystems by choosing one of five land-use systems that addresses threats to their local ecosystem. These systems represent responsible land management strategies that benefit the environment by reducing soil erosion and increasing soil fertility.


Neno and Dowa, Malawi

Operational Since:


Project Coordinator:

Clinton Development Initiative

PVCS Issued to date:


Area of land under management:

275.2 ha and 6,718 x 100m segments of boundary planting


854 farmers and 21 farmer groups

Project interventions:

  • Afforestation
  • Agroforestry
  • Reforestation

Registration in 2011




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June 2016 | The Clinton Development Initiative has published an infographic illustrating how carbon offsetting benefits both Swedish hamburger chain Max Hamburger and the Trees for Hope farmers. Check out the infographics

June 2016 | The Trees for Hope project support farmers in developing partnerships to diversify and increase farmer incomes, such as solar mango drying. The idea is to first establish market linkages for the farmers were they can then sell their dried fruit, vegetables or medicinal tree leaves in order for them to access other income apart from that related to carbon finance the carbon credits. Read more.

2014 | Check out nine photos on how Trees of Hope is helping improve smallholder farmers’ livelihoods here