Regreening Africa is an ambitious five-year project that seeks to reverse land degradation among 500,000 households, and across one million hectares in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. By incorporating trees into croplands, communal lands and pastoral areas, regreening efforts make it possible to reclaim Africa’s degraded landscapes.
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.
Land is the foundation for food and nutrition security, human well-being and development; and the engine of economic growth in most African countries. But it is a finite resource, subject to growing and competing pressures: from increased demand for food, fibre, feed and fuel; urbanization; and infrastructure development.
83% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa are dependent on land for their livelihoods, yet two-thirds of the land is highly degraded
Land degradation threatens the livelihoods, food and nutrition
security of the poorest, most vulnerable smallholder farmers and pastoralists. As a result, migration is accelerating, with an estimated 60 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa at risk of being displaced by desertification and land degradation by 2050.
Agroforestry has been successful in reversing land degradation in many places in Africa. The challenge now is to scale this up 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