Cottage Industry

The intention of planting specific agricultural trees in the long-term is to establish small fruit processing plants in the rural areas, so that the women and youths are empowered. FADE establishes prototype cottage industry plants at each reforestation site, which are used to process seeds and fruits from the economic trees.

The women of the desert communities are trained on using the machines and are encouraged to embrace this as possible means of livelihood and industry. This also helps to sustain their interest in the reforestation programme. Fruits from the trees planted are processed in the FADE cottage industry in Makoda and products such as body creams, soaps and oil are produced.

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