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Years of Failed Rains Prompt Ruto’s 15-Billion-Tree Plan in Kenya

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William Ruto
William RutoPhotographer: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Kenyan President William Ruto wants 15 billion trees planted in his country over the next decade as part of a program to stop the cycle of recurring droughts.

The plan involves growing five billion trees in five years and an additional 10 billion by 2032, Ruto said at a rally in the capital, Nairobi, on Thursday. “This will eventually lead to the rehabilitation and restoration of 10.6 million hectares,” he said.