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Building the African green wall, piece by piece

Halting land degradation in Niger helps to tackle African desertification


18 July 2013, Kouloumboutey, Niger  – When village people and local authorities in southern Niger won back over one hundred hectares of degraded land, they added one extra piece to a mosaic being laid across the Sahel and the Sahara aimed at tackling desertification and land degradation.

Ibrahim Dan Ladi, a 47-year-old farmer from southern Niger, remembers that his village of Kouloumboutey used to be surrounded by thick forest.

The trees protected the villagers against the  wind, and their leaves and undergrowth provided good fodder for the animals.