In many areas, planting trees on degraded soils is an effective first step to halting degradation of the land and starting to reclaim it. Trees fix the soils and protect them from erosion by wind and water. They can also provide local people with an alternative source of food, fodder, income and wood for building and fuel.

Mauritania: women workers in a tree nursery
FAO photo by I. Balderi

More photos in this series:
  • Myanmar: farmers planting tree seedlings to avoid post-harvest soil erosion
  • Senegal: dead trees cast little shade on the sere earth below
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