Originally established as the Men of Trees in 1924, and changing to its current name in 1992, the International Tree Foundation (ITF) is a pioneering environmental organization with its roots in Kenya. ITF has more than 90 years’ experience of global forest and landscape restoration and is one of the oldest established forestry organizations in the UK.
With a long history of inspiring thousands of people across the world to plant and protect trees, the ITF plants trees, protects and regenerates forests, combats desertification and promotes sustainable forestry. The organization conserves forests, trees, associated biodiversity and indigenous forestry knowledge internationally and in the UK, as well as alleviates poverty through sustainable community forestry and African drylands ‘regreening’ projects.
ITF’s projects involve planting trees that provide food and income as well as improved soil and water quality for communities; our sustainable approach to community forestry simultaneously addresses poverty and environmental issues such as habitat restoration. There are often also fundamental rights issues involved in our projects such as access to ancestral land.
In Africa, ITF operates two grant making programmes – the Africa Drylands Programme and Sustainable Community Forestry Programme – which support local CBOs and NGOs to initiate implement community-led forestry and agroforestry programmes.
ITF are delivering forest and landscape restoration programmes in Kenya and Malawi.