06/02/2021 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

A new era for Africa’s drylands

On 2-3 June 2021, GLF will host the first-ever digital conference focused entirely on Africa’s drylands and how integrative restoration practices can see them flourish once again. Join in for inspiring speakers, the latest science, concerts, film screenings, virtual tours, networking, and the unexpected discoveries that always form part of a Global Landscapes Forum event.

GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands will be held two days before the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which runs from 2021 to 2030.

Who should join?

GLF Africa invites practitioners, farmer organizations, Indigenous Peoples, community leaders, researchers, policymakers, financial investors, the private sector, civil society organizations, youth groups, activists, conservation and development organizations, amongst others, who are actively engaged in, interested in, and dedicated to the scaling of, dryland restoration in Africa.



Voices From the Field: The s/heroes of landscape restoration

Date: 02 June 2021

Time: 12:00-12:45 GMT+3

This plenary will showcase successful restoration practices and the women and men that are practicing them in the drylands. The plenary will illustrate a suite of restoration practices applied across heterogenous contexts in a participatory manner with involvement of women, men, youth and their respective organizations. Stories will be heard from Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Niger. Approaches to building grassroots movements will be highlighted; scaling and deepening learnings on restoration from farmer/household decision making all the way to local institution formation in leading local movements via faith-based groups, farmer cooperatives, women saving groups and community based organizations.


Bishop Dr Simon Chiwanga

Founder, LEAD Foundation

John Akugre

Community leader, Tilli in the Upper East Region of Ghana

Chief Sintaro Iddrisu Mahama

Chief of Sakoya in the Mion district of Northern Region, Ghana

Mamou Dembele

Vice-president, Cooperative “saving for change called Gnabene”

Ogoo Ugochukwu

Farmer, Food Processor, Anambra State Woman Leader YOSHOFA

Lizzy Igbine

National President, NIWAAFA, Nigeria

Laura Mukhwana, Moderator

Researcher and environmentalist
Coordinators of GLFx Nairobi