Reversing Land Degradation in Africa by Scaling-up Evergreen Agriculture (Regreening Africa)

Project Timeframe:
Sep 2017 to Aug 2022

Related country(s)

Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, somalia

Funding

European Commission

Partner(s)

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) | GIZ/Economics of Land Degradation | World Vision | CARE International | Oxfam | Catholic Relief Services | Sahel Eco

Background

Regreening Africa is an ambitious five-year project that seeks to reverse land degradation among 500,000 households, and across one million hectares in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. By incorporating trees into croplands, communal lands and pastoral areas, regreening efforts make it possible to reclaim Africa’s degraded landscapes.

Overall Goal

Regreening Africa aims to improve livelihoods, food security and increased resilience to climate change of smallholder farmers, by restoring ecosystem services, particularly through agroforestry.

Expected Outcomes & Outputs

  • 500,000 households adopting evergreen agriculture in over 1 million hectares
  • 5% decrease in soil erosion
  • 10% increase in tree cover
  • 5 out of 8 countries independently applying new tools and approaches
  • Improved opportunities for women and youth
  • Impacts at scale that have a significant return on investment for restoration and improvement of livelihoods
  • 10% average increase in household income

Objectives

Objective 1: Sustainable Land Management

Led by The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative together with its partner institutions and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Objective 1 aims to enhance the national ability of each country to assess the economic costs of land degradation and enhance awareness of the economic benefits of investment in Sustainable Land Management (SLM).

Objective 2: Strategic Decision-Making

Led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and supported by NGO partners, the project aims to equip target countries with surveillance and analytical tools on land degradation dynamics (LDD), that support strategic decision-making and monitoring in the scaling up of agroforestry.

Objective 3: Scaling Up Evergreen Agriculture

Led by NGO partners with support from ICRAF, Objective 3 aims to accelerate scaling up of evergreen agriculture using locally appropriate techniques including Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), tree planting and other forms of agroforestry, along with the development of agroforestry value chains.