Of all the places on the planet struggling with the challenges of poverty, climate change, and natural resource depletion, why does Rural Watch Africa Initiative (RUWAI) focus on Nigeria?
The West African nation of Nigeria has both the largest number of people living in extreme poverty and the highest rate of deforestation in the world.
Approximately 150 thousand hectares of forest and arable lands are lost annually, causing resource conflicts and a decline in land productivity (food insecurity) and livelihoods resulting in indigenous people migrating…
This is no coincidence. As it’s poverty—4 out of 10 Nigerians live on less than 1 dollar a day—that drives over 90 percent of the rural population to cut down carbon-storing forests for their livelihoods and survival.
Nigeria is also in the top ten countries most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change, including worsening (and deadly) drought, desertification, flooding, and erosion.
What’s more, oil exploration, spills, leaks, and toxic waste from pollute vast tracts of land and in-land water bodies.
RUWAI understands that we cannot address poverty in the developing world while ignoring the environment. Nor can we make progress on climate change and natural resource depletion without tackling poverty.
This means we effectively engage local stakeholders in sustainable agriculture and restoration practices, especially smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We also develop alternative income skills, which help reduce pressure on forest resources and promote sustainable rural development.
We help the vulnerable people affected by these socio-economic crises with multiple options that help them work out of poverty and address natural ecosystem damage that negatively impacts livelihoods.
Women, men, and youth empowered
Acres / Hectares of land restored
HOW WE ARE CONNECTING THE DOTS ON POVERTY AND CLIMATE CRISIS
There are many ways you can make a difference and help people in need. You could donate money, time, or resources. Or, you could raise awareness about different issues local people and communities face and help others get involved. Whatever you do, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of others.
We have hand-picked communities that are suffering from tragedies created by climate change issues and are currently providing locals a platform to build their skillset, preventing the same issues from reoccurring in the future.
At RUWAI we give each of our donors the unique opportunity to plant and maintain fast-growing native trees which you will be able to follow its progression from the nursery to its position as a sturdy provider for every living thing surrounding it.