Regreening Africa is an ambitious five-year project to reverse land degradation among 500,000 households on 1 million hectares in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Somalia.
Thanks to the support of the European Union, by 2022 Regreening Africa will have improved livelihoods, food security and resilience to climate change by restoring ecosystem services, particularly, through agroforestry.
Agroforestry involves deliberate and systematic integration of trees, crops and livestock, which is critical for the sustainable management of land and maintenance of healthy landscapes.
Regreening Africa uses proven agroforestry techniques adapted to suit the needs of farmers operating in various socio-ecological contexts.
The Regreening Africa Vision
To mobilise and work with a critical mass of diverse partners to scale-up locally appropriate ways of integrating trees into agricultural systems, to successfully reverse land degradation across Africa.
Why and how?
Land is the foundation of food and nutrition security, human well-being and development. It is the engine of economic growth in most countries.
But it is a finite resource, subject to growing and competing pressures from increased demand for food, fibre, feed and fuel through urbanization and rural infrastructure development to the impact of climate change.
Eighty-three per cent of people in Sub-Saharan Africa are dependent on land for their livelihoods yet two-thirds of the land is highly degraded, threatening those livelihoods and the food and nutrition security of the poorest, most vulnerable farmers and pastoralists.
Migration is accelerating owing to increasingly degraded land, with an estimated 60 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa at risk of being displaced by desertification and land degradation by 2050.
Tackling these challenges demands an ambitious but proven and effective approach: incorporating trees into crop land, communal land and pastoral areas will speed the reclamation of Africa’s degraded landscapes.
Agroforestry has already been successfully deployed to reverse land degradation in many places in Africa. The challenge now is to expand the scale across the whole continent.
How Regreening Works
Agroforestry involves deliberate and systematic integration of trees with crops and livestock, which is central to the sustainable management of land and maintenance of healthy landscapes. Regreening Africa uses proven agroforestry techniques adapted to suit the needs of farmers under varying socio-ecological contexts.
Agroforestry and other evergreening practices have several benefits
Increases soil’s ability to absorb and retain water
Tree roots improve the structure of the soil, preventing erosion