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An agroforest project in Mpumalanga could create over 50 000 jobs.
An agroforest project in Mpumalanga could create over 50 000 jobs.

A London-headquartered private organisation, TERRAGRN, has launched an ambitious agroforest project in South Africa with the aim of creating social, environmental, and economic benefits for local communities while generating healthy returns for patient investors.

The project – TERRAGRN's first – broke ground last month. Work is now well under way to plant bamboo, fruit trees, fire-breakers and integrated pest management plants on a 220-hectare plot. The project hopes to plant 93 000 plants and trees by April.

The group plans to grow the agroforest located in the coal heartland of Mpumalanga from small beginning to some 200 000 hectares by 2030, making significantly larger than the City of Johannesburg. Regenerated soils will support sustainable harvests of food crops and other plant species.

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