Book Signing: John Leary
Hyattsville | Zinn Room | April 27, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Over the last 40 years, entire countries have been stripped of a primary natural resource: trees. Most deforestation has occurred to make room for agriculture. Yet, in the coming decade, there will be nearly 2 billion undernourished people.

There is a constant pressure to trade more forests for food. One Shot: Trees as Our Last Chance for Survival provides a compelling look at the state of the world’s agriculture and its evolving impact on people and the environment. One Shot takes readers on an evolving journey from the peanut fields of Africa to the corn fields of America; connecting seven of the world’s most pressing challenges to farming practices, and offering the revival of forest gardens as a core agricultural solution.

Drawing on 15 years of humanitarian work with communities on the verge of collapse, John Leary conveys how restoring agricultural lands with a diverse combination of trees and crops is the answer to reversing desertification, water scarcity, hunger, poverty, climate change and forced migration. In the coming decades, we have One Shot to work together to rebuild our dying food systems and ecosystems.

Discover how trees are our last chance for survival. 


John Leary is the Executive Director of Trees for the Future where he is focused on helping end hunger and extreme poverty for rural African farmers, through the revival of the forest garden. John has extensive experience living with and among the rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa and deep knowledge of international agricultural development. He speaks three languages and has lived and worked in 13 developing countries. John has dedicated his life to creating innovative training approaches that empower farmers to rise out of poverty, including award-winning programs that are currently in use throughout the developing world.

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This event is FREE and open to the public.

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