Dryland Forestry

14 million hectares of land need restoration in six African countries, new report shows

18 October 2018
Rome – A report on the state of the environment and socio-economic conditions in fragile ecosystems reveals the extent of land degradation in dryland Africa and shows how closely it is related to hunger and poverty. The report’s authors make an urgent call for increased investment in land restoration for [...]

Banave Sévère's crops grow better on restored land

21 September 2018
Bonbon, Haiti - “Look at the size of this potato,” says Banave Sévère, a fifty-year old farmer from the commune of Bonbon in Haiti’s south-western Grand’Anse department. “They would never have been this big before,” he adds. It happened when he started growing crops in combination with trees and shrubs, Banave [...]

A model to support the achievement of an “African dream”

10 September 2018
Rome – Action Against Desertification’s approach and results occupy a prominent place in the latest edition of Nature & Faune, as the journal zooms in on renewed efforts to accelerate restoration of degraded land and deforested landscapes in Africa. “Forest loss and land degradation are among the key challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa”, [...]

Restoration method could be vital to achieve zero land degradation

03 May 2018
Rome – A major EU-funded FAO-programme called Action Against Desertification has paved the way for large-scale land restoration in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Its restoration method could become a vital tool in support of efforts to achieve a land degradation neutral world, experts said in Rome today, presenting [...]

“Land restoration is a matter of life and death.”

16 April 2018
Addis Abeba - Simone Borelli recently travelled to Raya-Azebo in Ethiopia’s Tigray region to see how land degradation is affecting rural people’s lives and find out what Action Against Desertification’s restoration activities are achieving to improve their environment and livelihoods. What have you observed in the field? The land in Raya-Azebo [...]

“Rehabilitating degraded land is a priority for Burkina Faso”, says FAO Director General

02 March 2018
Ouagadougou - During his visit to Burkina Faso from 18-20 February, FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva had a look at the new specialised plough for mechanised land preparation, purchased by FAO under its project Action Against Desertification. "The rehabilitation of degraded land is a priority for Burkina,” said the Director [...]

Action Against Desertification to restore 18 000 hectares of degraded land in 2018

04 December 2017
Rome/Niamey – Action Against Desertification (AAD) plans to restore 18 000 hectares of degraded lands in ten African countries to support the expansion of Africa’s Great Green Wall in 2018. This is the main outcome of a workshop held in Niger from 13 to 17November, bringing together some 70 experts from 12 [...]

Action Against Desertification to restore 18 000 hectares of degraded land along Africa’s Great Green Wall in 2018

01 December 2017
Evaluation and planning workshop on AAD’s restoration and communication activities 22 November 2017, Rome/Niamey – Action Against Desertification (AAD) plans to restore 18 000 hectares of degraded lands in ten African countries to support the expansion of Africa’s Great Green Wall in 2018. This is the main outcome of a workshop held in [...]

Publication of NGARA framework of priorities

01 November 2017
The regional Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA), with support from FAO’s Action Against Desertification (AAD) project, has established its framework of priorities (2017-2030) to support sustainable production and use of commercial plant gums and resins, locally and internationally. These can be obtained from trees and forests [...]

FAO helps to build BRIDGES between Turkey and Africa’s Great Green Wall

27 October 2017
Rome - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in partnership with Turkey’s Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, is working to support Eritrea, Mauritania and Sudan as they fight land degradation and desertification through sustainable management of their natural resources and by restoring degraded forests and [...]
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