Program Structure and Team

Regreening Africa is funded by the European Union and is a partnership of research organisations and implementing NGOs.

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The Land Degradation Dynamics (LDD) component equips countries with surveillance and analytic tools on analysing land degradation dynamics, including social and economic dimensions, identifying and measuring key indicators of land and soil health in order to understand drivers of degradation, prioritize areas for intervention and monitor changes over time.

The Design, Techniques and Implementation (DTI) component focuses on availability of quality planting materials, regreening practice techniques and the improvement of value chains to support the production associated with tree-based farming systems.

The Stakeholder Approach to Risk-informed and Evidence-based Decision-making (SHARED) component helps Regreening Africa engage with a wide range of stakeholders, facilitate interaction with evidence and experience, and provide greater support for enhancing policies.

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) component generates evidence on the baseline and the iterative impact of the project.

The Communication component focuses on strategic communication methods to share evidence and experience and to target behaviour change among all groups involved in regreening, accelerating expansion.

“We have set ourselves very ambitious targets, but that’s the beauty of this project. Agroforestry, and land restoration in general, are at the convergence of many global agendas, such as food security, eco-system preservation, job creation and rural resilience, which are key priorities of the European Union.”

Bernard Crabbe, Head of Rural Development at the European Commission

Steering committee

This is the apex body that provides advisory and oversight roles, including the Project Management Unit, to ensure successful implementation and outcomes as laid out in the contract and action-description documents.

They also ensure the successful management of risks.

Bernard Crabbe

Head of Rural Development, European Union

Niclas Gottmann

Policy Officer for Land and Environment, European Commission, DG INTPA.

David Rodgers

Grant Manager, Regreening Africa Programme

Merlijn van Waas

Head of Sustainable Development, CARE Netherlands

Olaf Westermann

Senior Technical Advisor on Climate Change, Agriculture & Livelihoods, CRS

Pierre Dembele

Executive Secretary, Sahel Eco

Mosab Khalaf

Grants Manager for Africa Continent at Oxfam



Project management unit

Housed by ICRAF, the unit is home to the principal investigator, project manager and finance and administrative support staff. It is responsible for day-to-day management and decisions designated to the grant coordinator by the European Union.

Ravi Prabhu

Director Innovation, Investment, and Impact, CIFOR-ICRAF

Mieke Bourne

Regreening Africa Programme Manager, ICRAF

Hannington Mwaya

Administrative Officer

Jacquelyne Ndagwa

Finance Officer, ICRAF

National Oversight and Coordination committees

Each country has its own oversight and coordination committee to provide strategic and policy advice to partners, review work plans and progress, and provide overall guidance regarding implementation. The committees also help Regreening Africa identify opportunities for leverage and expansion of scale, and improve efficiency, effectiveness and impact.

Project components


Karl Hughes

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Lead, ICRAF

Ibrahim Ouattara

Sahel MEL Coordinator and Policy/Communications Officer

Hilda Kegode

Junior Scientist, Impact Acceleration & Learning Unit, ICRAF

Woldeyohanes Tesfaye

Researcher/National Agroforestry project coordinator, CIFOR-ICRAF


In order to scale-up evergreening practices and reverse land degradation, the project is building on multi-stakeholder partnerships and created a unique consortium of major international non-governmental organizations (iNGOs), such as World Vision, Oxfam, Care International, Catholic Relief Services and Sahel Eco. These iNGOs lead country implementation efforts. Leveraging off the vast networks and experience to accelerate the scaling of regreening practices across the eight countries.

Leigh Winowiecki

Land Degradation Dynamics Lead, ICRAF

Tor-Gunnar Vagen

Land Degradation Dynamics Lead, ICRAF


Constance Neely

Stakeholder Approach to Risk-informed and Evidence-based Decision-making (SHARED) Lead, ICRAF

Christine Magaju

Research Technician-Trees, CIFOR-ICRAF

Mawa Karambiri

Policy and technical engagement specialist for the Sahel, CIFOR-ICRAF

Design, Techniques and Implementation

Sammy Carsan

Value Chains Lead, ICRAF

Grace Koech

Research Assistant, ICRAF


Dennis Garrity

Technical Advisor, ICRAF

Patrick Worms

Communications and Advocacy Advisor, ICRAF

Susan Onyango

Global Communications Coordinator

Gilberte Koffi

Communications Officer

Marion Vera Aluoch

Senior Communications Officer

The Economics of Land Degradation

Led by The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative together and hosted by GIZ, this team strengthens the capacities of national governments and other partners to assess the costs of land degradation and the economic benefits of investments in sustainable land management. Several research partners are involved, linking the findings and capacity strengthening to other work areas of Regreening Africa.

Nina Bosom

ELD Initiative Secretariat Coordinator

Waltraud Ederer

Natural Capital Officer

Hanna Albrecht

Capacity Development Officer

Johannes Kruse

ELD Project Manager