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

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What makes our approach unique:

  • Research is embedded within development to ensure rapid and iterative learning and improvement
  • Leveraging the networks and experience of NGOs to accelerate scaling
  • Establishing the project as a teaching and learning exercise for actors and stakeholders through the Design, Techniques and Implementation (DTI) component
  • Use of Stakeholder Approach to Risk-informed and Evidence-based Decision-making (SHARED) for multi-stakeholder engagement and policy influencing
  • Data analytics and surveillance of land degradation dynamics to support decision making
  • Active engagement in monitoring, evaluation and learning to generate evidence on impacts and inform decisions
  • Creative communications to share evidence and accelerate the scaling up process

Cross-Cutting Issues

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Gender

Women comprise, on average, 43% of farm labour in developing countries. Despite being key players in both agricultural and pastoral production processes, women farmers face significant barriers to realizing the benefits of their labour. Regreening Africa will support gender-equitable policies and practices to empower women and girls, for example, by promoting economic and social rights and strengthening their voice and participation.

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Youth

Underemployment and reduced livelihood options for youth are prime drivers of instability, insecurity and migration. Youth engagement in agroforestry through training, capacity development and support of key commodit

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Food and nutritional security

The mismanagement of land, resulting in degradation, has exacerbated food insecurity. Regreening efforts will improve soil quality, leading to increased food production, which will in turn result in improved food security, thus making a significant contribution to protecting the right for people to feed themselves. Trees also directly increase food and nutrition security through edible tree products such as fruits, leaves and nuts.

Project Objectives

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

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