Program Structure and Team

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

Funded by European Union

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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

Alexandru Ghiurca

Policy officer, International Cooperation and Development, European Union

Davis Wamawungo

Manager Regreening Africa Program, World Vision Australia

Inge Vianen

Global Leader CARE, Climate Change and Resilience Platform

Olaf Westermann

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

Pierre Dembele

Executive Secretary, Sahel Eco

Paulina Rak

Grants Manager, Oxfam GB

Juliane Wiesenhütter

Head of sector project at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


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

Deputy DG, Research, ICRAF





Mieke Bourne

Regreening Africa Programme Manager, ICRAF

Joan Mativo

Administrative Officer, ICRAF

Winnie Achieng

Administrative Assistant, ICRAF

Jacquelyne Ndagwa

Finance Officer, ICRAF


Database Assistant, 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

Judith Oduol

Agricultural Economist, ICRAF

Hilda Kegode

Junior Scientist, Impact Acceleration & Learning Unit, 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

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

Akefetey Mamo


Susan Onyango

Global Communications Coordinator

Gilberte Koffi

Communications Officer

Marion Vera Aluoch

Senior Communications Officer

Country teams

Comprised of combinations of international NGOs and ICRAF representatives who work with national and local governments on implementation, coordination and generating impact.

Country teams are supported technically by five ICRAF functions: monitoring, evaluation and learning; land degradation dynamics; stakeholder approach to risk informed and evidence-based decision making; design, techniques and implementation; and communication.

Kiros Hadgu

Country Representative, ICRAF, Ethiopia

Tadele Malefia

Project Manager, CRS, Ethiopia

Asfaw Mariame

Project Manager, World Vision, Ethiopia

Jonathan Muriuki

Country Representative, ICRAF, Kenya and Somalia

Charles Odhiambo

Project Manager, World Vision, Kenya

Erick Otieno

Research Assistant, ICRAF

Djalal Arinloye

Country Representative, ICRAF, Sahel & West and Central Africa Region, Mali

Mamadou Fotigui Coulibaly

Project Manager, Oxfam, Mali

Aminata Fofana

Project Manager, CRS, Mali

Josue Goita

Project Manager, World Vision, Mali

Hamed Constantin Tchibozo

Project Manager, World Vision, Niger

Boube Chayaya AbdoulKadri

Project Manager, Care, Niger


Athanase Mukuralinda

Country Representative, ICRAF, Rwanda

Alex Mugayi

Project Manager, World Vision, Rwanda

Catherine Dembele

Associate Scientist Systems & Trees, ICRAF, Mali


Anna Daba

Project Manager, World Vision, Senegal

Abraham Assefa

Project Manager, World Vision, Somalia

Abdirahim Gure

Project Manager, Care, Somalia

Edward Akunyagra

Project Manager, World Vision, Ghana

Mawuli Apanka K. Asigbee

Project Manager, CRS, Ghana

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.

Mark Schauer

Coordinator for the ELD Initiative’s Secretariat at GIZ

Lara Beisiegel

Implementation and communication at the ELD Initiative’s Secretariat

Silke Schwedes

Implementation and capacity development at the ELD Initiative’s Secretariat