TroFaCo and its partners leave it to the villagers to select which kinds of trees they want. Usually they choose a variety of species, even within the same planting. Some trees, such as Mango or Tamarind, they can use for fruits. Either they can consume the fruit or sell it at the market. Those trees we support in places such as around a school or temple, where the benefits can be shared. Some kinds, such as neem or Moringa are important providers of medicine.
We do however, not support planting of plantations trees that provide products which are only used for selling, and which the farmers would have planted anyway, for that reason. We have said ‘no’ to planting a coffee plantation, for example.
Because the farmers get useful trees, they take good care of them. That is further strengthened because it is a local decision where to plant the trees and how to use the income from offset sales.
We only plant on land that could not be used for food production. That may be along a public road or an irrgation canal. It may also be on the land of a church or temple or a school, but in those cases we encourage the locals to include fruit trees.