Our Unique Approach

Tackling significant and widespread land degradation demands an ambitious approach. Establishing unique partnerships has secured the engagement of actors at all levels.

To scale up evergreening practices and reverse land degradation, the project is building on multi-stakeholder partnerships with:

  • Major international non-governmental organizations (iNGOs), such as World Vision, Oxfam, Care International, Catholic Relief Services and Sahel Eco
  • Research organizations such as the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD), including ICARDA, SEI, Australian National University and UNDP
  • Government ministries and departments
  • Grassroots organizations, such as community based organizations (CBOs), women’s groups and interfaith networks

An Integrated Approach


Regreening Africa’s approach:

  • Research is embedded within the planning and implementation of regreening to ensure rapid and iterative learning and improvement
  • The networks and experience of NGOs are used to accelerate the expansion of regreening
  • A Design, Techniques and Implementation (DTI) component of Regreening Africa helps everyone involved learn and share their knowledge more effectively
  • The Stakeholder Approach to Risk-informed and Evidence-based Decision-making method helps Regreening Africa engage with a wide range of stakeholders and provide greater support for enhancing policies
  • Surveillance of the dynamics of land degradation combined with analysis of the data provides technical support for better-informed decisions
  • Active engagement in monitoring, evaluation and learning generates evidence on impact and helps make decisions
  • Targeted communication shares methods and evidence among all groups involved in regreening, accelerating expansion

Cross-Cutting Issues



Women comprise, on average, 43% of farm labour in developing countries. Despite being key players in both agricultural and pastoral production processes, female farmers face significant barriers to realizing the benefits of their labour.

Regreening Africa supports gender-equitable policies and practices to empower women and girls by promoting economic and social rights and strengthening their voice and participation.



Underemployment and reduced options for livelihoods for youth are prime drivers of instability, insecurity and migration.

Regreening Africa expressly focuses on increasing youth engagement in agroforestry through training, capacity development and support of key commodities.


Food and nutritional security

The mismanagement of land, resulting in degradation, has exacerbated food insecurity.

Regreening Africa will improve soil quality, leading to increased food production, which will in turn result in improved food security.

Trees in agroforestry and other regreening practices provide many benefits

  • Trees increase the ability of soils to absorb and retain water
  • Tree roots improve the structure of the soil, decreasing erosion
  • Trees store carbon above and below ground
  • Trees that fix nitrogen in the soil provide fertilizer for crops
  • Trees provide habitat, helping to increase biological diversity
  • Trees slow strong winds and provide shade for livestock
  • Trees produce food, fuelwood, fibre, fodder, resins, timber and medicines, which boosts incomes and increases food security and nutrition
  • Trees are efficient providers of multiple ecosystem services

Project Objectives

The Regreening Africa project will take place over the course of five years, from September 2017 to September 2022.