Sub-Saharan Africa

Photo: FAO/Matthias Mugisha

 

In contrast to other regions, African mountains harbour the continent's most fertile soils, allowing high yield agriculture to thrive and contributing significantly to food security in the region. Millions of farmers are employed in the production of globally consumed cash crops like coffee and tea, and population density in and around mountains in Sub-Saharan Africa is high - and on the rise.

In a continent dominated by arid and semi-arid areas, African mountains function as water towers for millions of people. Low-lying arid areas in countries such as Sudan and Namibia receive water from large rivers with mountain sources, while in East Africa, Mount Kenya is the only source of freshwater for more than seven million people. African mountains house many ecosystems such as forests, grasslands, drylands, rivers and wetlands, and are home to unique biodiversity including the critically endangered mountain gorillas of Central Africa and Uganda.

 

With global warming, high population growth and intensive land-use threatening Africa’s mountains, urgent policy action is needed to create the enabling conditions for promoting sustainable development and investment in these mountain areas.

Latest news from the region

FAO and UNDP in Rwanda launch activities on enhancing agrifood value chains in mountains

FAO and UNDP in Rwanda launch activities on enhancing agrifood value chains in mountains

18.05.2022

Vestine Mukamurenzi is 36 years old, a beekeeper, honey producer and mother of two. She is one of eight women members of the Imbaraga Karambo Cooperative, located in the Gicumbi...

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Southern African Mountain Conference a collective voice for sustainable development

Southern African Mountain Conference a collective voice for sustainable development

25.03.2022

The Southern African Mountain Conference (SAMC2022) – a collective voice for the sustainable management of Southern African mountains – brought together a network of more than 200 delegates from across...

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COVID-19 expedition summits Mount Kilimanjaro

COVID-19 expedition summits Mount Kilimanjaro

28.10.2021

The 34 climbers participating in The Big Climb, along with their support crew of 107 porters and guides summited Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain – on 24 October 2021,...

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Six days to the “Big Climb” of Mount Kilimanjaro

Six days to the “Big Climb” of Mount Kilimanjaro

12.10.2021

On 19 October 2021, a diverse group of change-makers will join forces to climb Africa’s highest peak. Athletes, political leaders, United Nations officials, medical doctors, scientists and youth advocates will...

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Events in the region

Landscape Restoration in Africa: Prospects and Opportunities

Landscape Restoration in Africa: Prospects and Opportunities

Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
From: 29.08.2018 to: 30.08.2018

With an estimated 2.8 million hectares of forests lost each year, deforestation and land degradation remain significant challenges in Africa. Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous...

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1st West African Mountain Forum

1st West African Mountain Forum

Venue: Kpalime, Togo
From: 05.10.2017 to: 08.10.2017

West Africa is a sub-region that has an abundance of ecosystems, including - among others - mountains. Although not necessarily impressive in terms of altitude, West African mountains are high...

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Chogoria Mount Kenya Mountain Run (Postponed)

Chogoria Mount Kenya Mountain Run (Postponed)

Venue: Chogoria, Kenya
From: 13.05.2017 to: 13.05.2017

Due to weather conditions, this event has been postponed until November 2017 - more information coming soon.

Mara Expeditions Community Based Organization, in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service,...

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Mount Kenya Three Peaks Climb

Mount Kenya Three Peaks Climb

Venue: Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
From: 16.03.2017 to: 21.03.2017

The Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) invites you to come and climb the three peaks of Mount Kenya to raise vital mountain conservation funds for the MKT, an NGO...

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