Farmers in Uganda live in constant fear of the river Mubuku, though they rely on it for life-giving water. The yearly flooding following heavy rains takes its toll on their farms and equipment. 72-year-old Mbonagaija Nestoli, however, has hope for the future – the bamboo stands that their communities have planted stretching 40 km (24 miles) along the Sebwe River and 10 km along the Mubuku River will act as a barrier to the floods and also provide a means to increase the farmers’ earning. Bamboo roots will help to stabilize the soil and prevent the river banks from collapsing. It also provides “a sustainable, renewable source of charcoal, resistant construction materials and a sustainable, income-generating alternative to wood cutting," says Bryan Toshi, co-founder of the Kampala-based Umoja Conservation Trust.

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