Regreening Africa is supporting farmers to correct mistakes of the past, which involved clear-felling trees on their farms to pave way for monoculture. Through farmer managed natural regeneration and other land restoration practices previously supported by World Vision in areas like Kaffrine, farmers have witnessed an increase in crop yields, fodder for their livestock, soil organic matter through leaf litter and a decrease in wind erosion. Regreening Africa partners in Senegal are building on these successes to scale up FMNR and other land restoration practices within and beyond the peanut basin.
World Vision Senegal
Approaches to reversing land degradation
The scaling approach involves two levels:
(i) direct implementation with local communities
- Direct scaling aims at removing the structural and behavioral barriers to regreening identified during the design workshop.
- It involves creating awareness on the drivers and impacts of land degradation, capacity building and engagement of relevant stakeholders (extension agents, local communities—men, women & youth).
- Scaling up will also involve strengthening tree-based value chains that will provide economic incentives for local producer groups
(ii) Influence wider policy, practice and investment decisions.
The advocacy approach is aimed at development partners, private sector, local and national policy makers. For other development actors, informing their investment decision and creating synergies with ongoing regreening initiatives will be necessary for scaling.
The project is implemented in 3 rural regions of Fatick, Kaolack and Kaffrine. This choice is justified by the implementation experience of RNA in the Kaffrine region and allow optimization of project interventions.
- Regreening practices adopted by at least 50,000 farm households, over an area of at least 10,000 hectares through project interventions.
- Regreening practices adopted by at least farm households over an area of at least 600,000 hectares through the project advocacy efforts.
- Inversed land degradation trends.
- Improved agricultural production and diversified household revenue.
- Improved productivity, resilience of family farms and ecosystems.