Carob trees planted in the desert sands of Mauritania

In celebration of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, we share a story from our tree-planting friend in Mauritania.

Mauritania is a North-Western African country. Approximately 90% of Mauritania is in the Sahara Desert. Planting trees in this area is not easy!

Despite the challenging conditions, Mohamed El Mokhtar Ebbe planted thirteen Carob trees in his garden. These trees come from carob seeds which he previously germinated and nurtured.

Mohamed El Mokhtar Ebbe tells us that besides the dry sandy soil, he also must make sure the trees are protected from animals. Animals are likely to eat the green leaves and destroy the trees. Additionally, locust plagues may harm his trees. However, he explains, the government does try to control and prevent the plagues.

Wow, thank you for sharing your story and for planting trees, even in these challenging conditions.

We admire your passion, Mohamed El Mokhtar Ebbe!

If you want to plant a tree but face challenging conditions, we want to hear from you. You can ask our consultant, Mark, for advice. Send your question to

Or, have a look at our education page for tree-planting advice!



Mohamed El Mokhtar Ebbe


We used the seeds of the fruit that fell from the tree, and planted new trees.


Bareina, Mauritania

When:October 6, 2021
What kind of Trees:Indigenous and fruit trees
How many:13


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