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Action Against Desertification


Action Against Desertification assists local communities, government and civil society in the sustainable management and restoration of their dryland forests, range and croplands  affected by desertification, land degradation and drought.

Areas of intervention include:

  • Sustainable management of natural resources, including soils, water, forests, rangelands
  • Promotion of sustainable rural production systems in agriculture, pastoralism and forestry
  • Sustainable production, processing and marketing of agricultural products and forest goods and services
  • Diversification of economic activities, for example through rural production centers, to stimulate job creation and offer income generation activities, in particular for youth and women.
  • Knowledge exchange about the causes of desertification and the best ways to combat and prevent it.

Until 2014 FAO and partners have been supporting the African Union Commission and thirteen African countries in developing a harmonized regional strategy for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel initiative, as well as action plans for individual countries.

Action Against Desertification, launched in 2014, will help Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal implement their Great Green Wall action plans.

At the same time it will cover the Caribbean and the Pacific, concentrating on Haiti and Fiji, as an example of South-South cooperation by building on lessons learned from Africa's Great Green Wall experience.