Bristol charity launches Tree Food Challenge

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Reo, Burkina Faso, May 2012: A mango orchard funded by Tree Aid. (more infop to follow)  Photo by Mike Goldwater

 

Local charity TREE AID have today launched the Tree Food Challenge, and are calling on bloggers to take part and help to save lives in Africa.
The charity, started by a group of foresters in Bristol in 1987, is challenging bloggers to design a tasty and nutritious meal using tree foods such as mango, nuts, plums and even the superfood baobab. The most original (and tasty!) ideas will be shared on their website and via social media.

TREE AID CEO John Moffett says, “Every two minutes, a child dies from hunger and malnutrition in the drylands of Africa. This is a shocking statistic, but there is hope. Tree foods are a vital source of nutrition for families providing a direct answer to hunger, and the lifeline they so desperately need. We’re calling on bloggers to join this fun challenge and help us to spread the word about the life-saving properties of tree foods.”

Living proof: fruit for Aminata

Before her family had trees, Aminata had little but millet and maize to eat. It filled her up, but that was all. Now with TREE AID’s help, Aminata enjoys a healthy and varied diet – even when crops fail.

Her parents’ trees provide a steady harvest of nutritious fruit throughout the year, including mango and guava to eat, and kapok and baobab fruits to flavour each meal.

To take part in the Tree Food Challenge, visit www.treeaid.org.uk/2015/take-the-tree-food-challenge. The deadline is December 10th.

And if cooking isn’t your thing, TREE AID are asking people to support their Grow Hope appeal by fundraising or making a donation. The money raised through the appeal will provide trees, tools and training, enabling even more families like Aminata’s to grow life-saving trees for food.

To learn more and donate to this vital appeal visit www.treeaid.org.uk/growhope.

 

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