The Acacia Operation project - GTFS/RAF/387/ITA - funded through the Italian Contribution to the FAO Global trust Fund for Food Security and Safety, has contributed to achieve a great success in combating desertification in an attempt to turn African drylands back into fertile land.

With two thirds of the African continent now classified as desert or drylands and desertification affecting a quarter of the world's population, the breakthrough has the potential to transform the lives of vulnerable populations.  In operation since 2004, the Acacia project has involved the planting and managing of Acacia forests in arid lands helping combat desertification while providing socio-economic benefits to local communities.

The Acacia operation project started in 2003 in six countries of the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa (Burkina Faso, Chad, Kenya, Niger, Senegal and Sudan) with the aim to support food security, poverty alleviation and soil degradation control in the Gums and Resins Producer Countries.

To know more about the project, please visit the Acacia Operation project factsheet.

To read more about the Acacia operation success, visit the webstory at this link: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/80060/icode/