Restoring Caatinga Vegetation

“Restoring Caatinga Vegetation”, Brazil


The projects Child Aid Quijinge and Child Aid Cansanção, will use agroforestry systems to reestablish productivity of degraded caatinga areas. The combination of drought and misuse of the land are a major threat to the caatinga, the natural vegetation of this part of North-Eastern Brazil. This can be reversed through agroforestry methods that restore the soil. The project establishes tree nurseries and organize people to replant caatinga areas with 18,000 fruit trees and other trees. The project has experienced the worst drought in 40 years, with some farmers losing half of their cattle. Nearly a third of the trees planted did not survive, and it became necessary to produce a new round of seedlings.


Caat trees 4 years

A farmer showing it is possible – a caatinga plot four years after being restored with trees


  • 335 families and 6 schools involved.
  • 63 households participated in producing tree seedlings, and several groups have continued this production for sale and own use, and the practice of planting fodder trees is spreading.
  • 3,800 trees surviving in public places in 6 villages.
  • 23,000 trees planted around homes and in fields by 120 farmers, many of which will provide much needed animal fodder.


  • Started in October 2012 and was planned to end in January 2014, but due to serious droughts in the area was extended to January 2015.
  • Implemented in the state of Bahia by Humana Povo para Povo Brasil through the projects Child Aid Quijinge and Child Aid Cansanção.
  • Funded by The GAIA-Movement through donations from The GAIA-Movement Living Earth Green World Action USA, Inc. and Green World Recycling Ltd.

Open or download the final narrative report from the project (240 KB): 2015 HPP Brasil Report

Open or download the final photo report from the project (3.5 MB): 2015 HPP Brasil Photo report

Open or download the 2014 report with photos from the project (0.5 MB) 201409 Brazil Caatinga

Open or download the 2013 report with photos from the project (1.1 MB). Brazil Progress Report 2013


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