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Take the Tree Food Challenge and Grow Hope for families in Africa

Tree foods are a vital source of nutrition for families in the drylands of Africa. Every two minutes, a child dies from hunger and malnutrition, which kills more people every year than AIDS, TB and Malaria combined. Trees provide a direct answer to hunger, and the lifeline families so desperately need.

Can you make a delicious and nutritious meal using tree foods?

Take the Tree Food Challenge, support our Grow Hope Appeal and help us spread the word about the huge benefits of tree foods in Africa!

and save lives

Take the Tree Food Challenge & save lives in Africa

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to design a healthy, nutritious winter dish using as many of the following tree foods as you’d like. These foods all come from trees which are grown on our projects in Africa:


Sandwidi Mariam (in yellow) and Yoba Fati selling mangoesF


Mango – As well as tasting delicious, mango is a rich source of dietary fibre, vitamins A, B6, C, and minerals. Mango also contains powerful anti-oxidants.


Ripe Plums


Plums – Eaten fresh or dried as prunes, plums are high in vitamins and a good source of potassium.




Honey – Honey is a great natural sweetener, and an important source of energy. We help communities produce and market honey, providing hives and training in beekeeping.



Cashew nuts – Cashews provide a vital source of protein for an area where meat is scarce. They are also rich in vitamin C. Cashew nuts are not nuts at all but seeds, growing out of red or yellow cashew apples which are also edible and used to make a sweet juice.


Local boy holding baobab fruits


Baobab – Dubbed the next great ‘superfood’, baobab is an amazing source of vitamins, minerals and iron, all vital for a healthy, balanced diet. You can buy baobab powder from well-known high-street health shops.


Drying Moringa leaves


Moringa – Known as ‘the miracle tree’ for its properties, moringa is drought resistant and high in betacarotene, protein, vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron. You can buy moringa powder from high-street health shops.

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How to take part

To take part in the Tree Food Challenge, write a blog all about the dish you design. We’ll share the best recipes on our website!
The challenge is running from 10 November to 10 December, so make sure you get your blog live in time.
To help us to help even more families in Africa, we’d love you to also mention the Grow Hope appeal.

We’ve included below a paragraph you are welcome to include at the bottom of your blog post:
This Christmas, you can help families in Africa grow their own tree foods by supporting the Grow Hope appeal. TREE AID are asking people to support the appeal by fundraising or making a donation. To find out more and make a donation visit the TREE AID website.

Once your blog is published, send a link to us at press@treeaid.org.uk We’ll promote the best ideas through our social media and share on our website too!
Remember to use #GrowHope


Tips and resources

Visual posts are always popular, and you’re welcome to download and use any of the pictures below along with your own photos.



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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 gets a healthy and varied diet – even when crops fail.

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

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