Sarah Toumi: planting trees to curb desertification in rural communities across Tunisia

Sarah Toumi
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This article originally appeared on leadyoung.ashoka.org

Sarah is leading Acacias for All, a movement to curb desertification in rural communities across Tunisia. She introduces alternative crops, like Acacia trees, which help farmers increase their income while restoring the quality of their soils.

She is now expanding the work to half of Tunisia’s provinces with 100,000 trees planted. Sarah’s aim is to change the way farmers and policy leaders alike approach climate change mitigation from a low-priority, costly endeavor to the core strategy for improving rural livelihoods.

What made it possible for Sarah to do this? Sarah’s early changemaking experience was critical to where she is today. From an early age, Sarah’s parents involved her in their own purpose-driven work. Her teachers also gave her the space to be creative and curious, encouraging her to do extra-curricular research projects on topics she was interested in and present them back to the class.

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Sarah’s early changemaking experience was critical to where she is today. “When you start early, you learn how to work with others and solve problems. . . I didn’t know I was a ‘changemaker,’ but I was sure I was going to be an actor of change.”

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