Dryland Forestry

How balanites soap put a smile back on Hadjatou Ouedraogo’s face

22 January 2019
Sampelga, Burkina Faso - "Here we eat the fruit of the Balanites tree," says Hadjatou Ouedraogo, a farmer in her fifties from the village of Sampelga in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region. She takes a piece of nut from the container in her hand and adds: "And we used to [...]

“In Mbar Toubab we manage to save money,” says Moctar Sow

07 December 2018
Mbar Toubab, Senegal - In three years, Action Against Desertification has restored 5 400 hectares of degraded land in the drylands of northern Senegal. The inhabitants of Mbar Toubab have been able to improve their lives while adapting to climate change. "Before we started working in the villages, there were no [...]

Soucoucoutane experiences the effects of desertification every day

04 December 2018
Soucoucoutane, Niger – It has been two years since Action Against Desertification started working in Soucoucoutane in eastern Niger. The mayor of this commune is delighted with the results obtained. "You know, this is a relatively isolated area of the country,” says Hassane Abdoulaye, mayor of the commune of Soucoucoutane, 300 [...]

Massive new survey of land restoration in Africa's drylands

15 November 2018
Rome – Action Against Desertification is expanding its groundbreaking monitoring work on dryland restoration in Africa’s Great Green Wall area with a survey of evidence-based biophysical data of land restoration, covering over two hundred million hectares of land around the Sahara. Until recently, drylands and their uses were not well understood [...]

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 [...]
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