We Promote & Support The Conservation of Baobab Trees

and the lives of communities who live among these magnificent trees.

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Baobabs are an iconic and important African tree.  These magnificent trees form an integral part of many savannah ecosystems, but also play an important role in rural people’s lives, providing nutritious everyday food, fibre for making household products, medicine for ailments and as a connection to the spiritual world.  More recently, the global trade in baobab products has connected many thousands of rural African families with a direct income from the products made from baobab fruit.

The Baobab Foundation is a non-profit organisation in South Africa that promotes and supports the conservation of baobab trees and is involved in improving the lives of communities who live among these trees.

The Baobab Foundation provides a means for companies, start-ups and people around the globe, to make direct contributions to the care of these ancient trees and to the lives of the women and children who live around them.

We’ve called it Creating a Culture of Caring because we believe caring for ourselves, others and our environment is so urgently needed in our world right now. Caring needs to become not just something we do now and then, but what we do on a continual basis so that to care becomes naturally embedded in our culture.

  • BG5 Guardians recieving certificates
  • BG1 Baobab Guardian Doris Nekhumbelo
  • BG3-Growing-baobab-seedlings
  • BG2-Baobab-Guardian-Rebecca-Nzenzhelele
  • BG2-Baobab-Guardian-Rebecca-Nzenzhelele

Baobab Foundation has five Programs

Baobab Wilding project

The Baobab Wilding program specifically focuses on wild populations of baobabs. These are the baobabs that are found in rangelands, wildlife areas and around villages. For young baobabs the program will aim to boost the population of recruiting baobab by planting young trees into the wild and ensuring that they survive until adulthood. For adult baobabs, the project aims to identify threats and find solutions.

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Baobab Guardians

While baobab fruit collection remains a sustainable practice and doesn’t in any way impact on the ecology or well-being of baobabs, studies show that the long-term survival of baobab populations is being threatened by environmental degradation and climate change. To ensure the survival of baobabs an integrated approach, incorporating human needs and environmental variables, is required so that baobabs will still be seen in our landscapes for many thousands of years to come.

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Baobab Research

Baobabs are an iconic, very long-lived, African savanna tree species known throughout the areas where they grow as a source of food, fibre and medicine. Baobab products have been traded for hundreds of years throughout African and recently fruit derivatives (powder and oil) are sold on global markets. Thus the understanding of their population size, recruitment, mortality, fruit production and general ecology is very important to ensure that the resource is sustainably used and that any threats to their populations can be dealt with quickly and appropriately.

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Environmental Education

The Environmental Education programme uses baobabs as an example of how conservation can be done by everyone and for the benefit of all. Young children, teenagers and adults are encouraged to see conservation as something that must start at home and in their own communities.  The baobab is an iconic tree which symbolises the health of our environment and therefore we all need to learn more about these majestic trees and how best to promote and protect them.

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Pre-School Support

Women in rural villages are busy all day with tasks such as growing crops, trading in small goods, wild-harvesting foods and collecting firewood and water. Often, their work takes them away from the village and it’s not always practical or safe to keep their very young children with them. It therefore becomes the task of one or two other village women to care for young children and so informal pre-schools are set up.

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