Action Against Desertification

Action Against Desertification implements Africa’s Great Green Wall restoration programme on the ground in 10 countries currently. The initiative is Africa’s flagship response to combat climate change and desertification, through large-scale restoration for small-scale farming across North Africa, the Sahel and Southern Africa, applying a transformative approach that improves landscapes and livelihoods of millions of people. [more]

In focus

Expanding Africa’s Great Green Wall

See how FAO supports this initiative to combat climate change, desertification and address food insecurity

Action Against Desertification helps ten African countries - Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan - in the sustainable management and restoration of their dryland forests and rangelands. In Africa, FAO supports the expansion of the Great Green Wall initiative, Africa's flagship programme to combat the effects of climate change and desertification and building resilient landscapes and livelihoods.

New video: Action Against Desertification: FAO’s contributions to the Great Green Wall in Mauritania and Sudan

Video Gallery

Action Against Desertification - overview video

Action Against Desertification: land restoration in Burkina Faso

Action Against Desertification: Mauritania (Goural)

Land restoration in North Niger

Mechanized ploughs for land preparation

Land restoration in Sudan


Land Restoration
Non-timber forest products
Capacity development
Monitoring & Evaluation
Information Sharing
South-South Cooperation

With the support of:

  • European Union
  • The Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States
  • African Union
  • Turkey Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

This website has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of FAO and can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.