Referring to the World Forestry State report issued by the FAO in 2016, nearly 80% of global deforestation is caused by agriculture; a situation that calls for urgent actions in favor of the peasant world. According to several studies, climate change is highly impacted by deforestation.
"Trees store CO2 throughout their lives. So, destroying these trees reduces the ability of the global ecosystem to store CO2. Fewer trees mean less CO2 absorbed and therefore more greenhouse effect," say the specialists.
It is therefore urgent to act as quickly as possible in order to reduce the effects of climate change on a global scale, which undoubtedly have an impact on agricultural productivity.
On the occasion of the commemoration of the national tree day in Togo, every June 1st, instituted since 1977 by the late president Gnassingbe Eyadema, the website of agricultural economic intelligence in Africa, www.agridigitale.net, launches the concept, "1 peasant, 1 tree".
Palakiyem Sandali, journalist of agridigitale, explains on Sunday that "70 to 80% of the population being rural, encouraging them to plant a tree, would help to restore the plant cover and reduce the effects of greenhouse gases".
"On June 1st, agridigitale reporters will have to plant orange trees, and we encourage all the peasants of Togo and Africa to plant a tree too," he explained at midday when dug holes in perspective of June 1st, at the headquarters of the website, in front of the big bypass of Lome.
He adds that "the planting of the orange trees will be preceded by an open day".
Togo, for example, set the course by 2021 for the development of 300,000 hectares of forest. That is 34,400 hectares of new planted areas and 265,600 hectares of restored surfaces. All peasants are urged to plant a tree on this day.