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Q+A: Building just societies and resilient landscapes alongside rural women

Q+A: Building just societies and resilient landscapes alongside rural women

Gender equality key to sustainable resource management, says Markus Ihalainen
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Nature-based solutions fuel new Resilient Landscapes initiative

Nature-based solutions fuel new Resilient Landscapes initiative

Tackling ecosystem crises through public-private collaborations
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World Food Day || Voices of Food Systems

World Food Day || Voices of Food Systems

This video was produced as part of the 24-hour Global Relay Conversation organized by the UN Food Systems Summit in partnership with Future Food Institute for World Food Day 2020.
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Key insights into land degradation from seven African countries

Key insights into land degradation from seven African countries

These findings will allow an assessment of how the Regreening Africa programme will affect people and the environment, and generate evidence on how land restoration efforts can be scaled up, a key aim of this initiative.
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Carica papaya: a tree that keeps on giving

Carica papaya: a tree that keeps on giving

Farmers in Kenya are benefitting from growing pawpaw thanks to support from Regreening Africa.
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A tale of an enclosure: an Ethiopian success story

A tale of an enclosure: an Ethiopian success story

Reluctantly, farmers enclosed a piece of barren land and were surprised to see it soon fill with grasses, shrubs and trees that bring many benefits for the community.
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Tree planting is critical for sustainable future but can’t fix climate change on its own

Tree planting is critical for sustainable future but can’t fix climate change on its own

Environmental strategies must maintain focus on greenhouse gas emissions
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Dispelling the top seven tree planting misconceptions

Dispelling the top seven tree planting misconceptions

It is more important now than ever before to consider effective tree planting that benefits communities and the environment. To do this, the right tree must be planted in the right place for the right purpose.
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Regreening Africa’s consolidated seven-country baseline survey

Regreening Africa’s consolidated seven-country baseline survey

An eight-country project in Africa has published a major survey of the state of the countries’ land restoration efforts.
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Prioritising agroforestry in the policy agenda: six recommendations to scaling

Prioritising agroforestry in the policy agenda: six recommendations to scaling

A policy brief from World Agroforestry Regreening Africa Project outlines key findings and recommendations to enhance the enabling policy, legal and institutional environment to underpin scaling-up of agroforestry in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Boosting restoration through the airwaves

Boosting restoration through the airwaves

Radio programs are spreading the good work of the Regreening Africa project in Senegal.
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Regreening Africa: an initiative that puts farmers first in Rwanda

Regreening Africa: an initiative that puts farmers first in Rwanda

Regreening Africa has set an ambitious target to restore ecosystems in Bugesera, Kayonza, Gatsibo and Nyagatare districts in Rwanda, and in return improve the resilience of smallholder farmers therein.
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Unlocking the power of collaborative, on-the-ground learning and adaptation

Unlocking the power of collaborative, on-the-ground learning and adaptation

The most recent Regreening Africa Joint Reflection and Learning Missions (JRLMs) were designed using the SHARED (Stakeholder Approach to Risk Informed and Evidence-based Decision-making) method. The result was an innovative monitoring, reflection and co-learning opportunity between all project partners, across seven countries.
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Land Restoration in Africa: Practical Perspectives from the Regreening Africa Programme

Land Restoration in Africa: Practical Perspectives from the Regreening Africa Programme

How can the continent turn the tide to more sustainable pathways that ensure food and nutritional security, improved natural resource governance and conservation of biodiversity? Watch this video, as Dr. Susan Chomba, Regreening Africa Programme Manager, shares perspectives on moving from ivory towers of commitments to practical action.
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Insecurity in Niger: reversing the gains made in land restoration

Insecurity in Niger: reversing the gains made in land restoration

Faced with an unstable security condition and an influx of refugees, the Regreening Africa programme is having to rethink its work.
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Could tree regeneration hold out hope for Africa’s vulnerable smallholder farmers?

Could tree regeneration hold out hope for Africa’s vulnerable smallholder farmers?

Sub-Sahara Africa's 70 percent food is produced by smallholder farmers, mostly the women who are vulnerable to harsh climatic conditions which affect crop production leading to food insecurity which has for decades caused death and malnutrition. With deforestation becoming a key contributor to the worsening climate crisis for farmers, efforts are underway to curb this.
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2019 in review: A Trip Down Memory Lane…

2019 in review: A Trip Down Memory Lane…

The last quarter of the year 2019 was a time to fine-tune scientific & implementation strands, and perfect the agenda of restoring degraded ecosystems across 8 countries where the project is ongoing.
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Matching local knowledge with science to promote regreening

Matching local knowledge with science to promote regreening

Training farmers in tree-nursery establishment and management is a critical, nature-based solution to achieve restoration targets.
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Puntland: restoring land and livelihoods

Puntland: restoring land and livelihoods

The former conflict zone in Somalia is undergoing a renaissance through restoration of land that brings incomes, food security and hope.
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A perfect recipe brewed in a two-way conversation

A perfect recipe brewed in a two-way conversation

Working together in eight countries in Africa is restoring hope, land and livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of people.
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Benefits from trees regreen land and livelihoods

Benefits from trees regreen land and livelihoods

Smallholders in Ethiopia are set to benefit from development of tree value-chains.
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Pause, reflect, learn, adapt

Pause, reflect, learn, adapt

We need to take a step back and reflect on the land-restoration technologies and approaches we are promoting and for whom we are promoting them. Great ideas are in place, yes, but are these what farmers want and need?
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The missing middle: how enabling environments will translate global commitments into local action

The missing middle: how enabling environments will translate global commitments into local action

Delegates at Global Soil Week 2019 push for effective land governance, local governance structures, extension services and finance and markets to ensure sustainable and climate resilient agriculture.  
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Regreening activities kick off in Somalia!

Regreening activities kick off in Somalia!

Thousands of farmers are set to benefit from land restoration in the drought- and strife-stricken country.
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Kenyan value chains are crucial for regreening efforts

Kenyan value chains are crucial for regreening efforts

By Grace Koech Researchers show development of value chains is important for restoring degraded land in Kenya. Development of value...
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Using the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework to assess land health in Rwanda

Using the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework to assess land health in Rwanda

By Dorcas Sanginga Regreening Africa’s Land Degradation Dynamics component, spearheaded by Leigh Winowiecki, soil systems scientist, and Tor-Gunnar Vågen, geoinformatics...
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Land Degradation Surveillance Framework deployed in Senegal

Land Degradation Surveillance Framework deployed in Senegal

  The Framework is helping farmers and governments monitor the progress of regreening efforts and the overall health of their...
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Kenya challenged to meet regreening target

Kenya challenged to meet regreening target

  The East African nation’s farmers are slow to adopt reforestation and regreening practices owing to a range of difficulties....
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Beating Famine turns its attention to the Sahel

Beating Famine turns its attention to the Sahel

Land is being restored in Africa’s dry Sahel region to ensure food security The semi-arid region known as the Sahel...
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Reverdir l’Afrique au Sénégal” veut reboiser 160 000 hectares d’ici 2022

Reverdir l’Afrique au Sénégal” veut reboiser 160 000 hectares d’ici 2022

En collaboration avec World Agroforestry, World Vision/Sénégal a organisé, ce mercredi, un atelier intitulé "Regreening l'Afrique au Sénégal’’. Un projet qui vise à...
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Land restoration is a strategic investment in Ethiopia

Land restoration is a strategic investment in Ethiopia

BY SUSAN CHOMBA AND MAY MUTHURI · FEBRUARY 5, 2019   Productive land leads to many benefits but achieving productivity needs a change of thinking....
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New paradigm unfolds to rapidly regreen Africa

New paradigm unfolds to rapidly regreen Africa

BY SUSAN CHOMBA AND MAY MUTHURI · FEBRUARY 4, 2019   The Regreening Africa project is charting new paths into coplex, unmapped territory in its...
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Operationalizing the Agroforestry Strategy and Plan for Rwanda

Operationalizing the Agroforestry Strategy and Plan for Rwanda

BY SUSAN ONYANGO · DECEMBER 21, 2018 Agroforestry will help the country meet its land-restoration targets.  Rwanda was the first African country to...
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Challenging gender norms around trees and land restoration in West Africa: can research be transformative?

Challenging gender norms around trees and land restoration in West Africa: can research be transformative?

By Joan Baxter. December 21, 1018 Trees are important sources of income for many women in the drylands of West...
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The Tamale Declaration: a regreening plan for northern Ghana

The Tamale Declaration: a regreening plan for northern Ghana

BY JOAN BAXTER · DECEMBER 18, 2018 An international workshop has called for an integrated plan to regreen the region. The climax of...
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Call to action: more trees to restore landscapes and improve livelihoods in northern Ghana

Call to action: more trees to restore landscapes and improve livelihoods in northern Ghana

BY JOAN BAXTER · DECEMBER 7, 2018 “There is an urgent need in northern Ghana for metro, municipal and district assemblies, NGOs and...
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Restoring land and increasing resilience needs women

Restoring land and increasing resilience needs women

BY JOAN BAXTER · NOVEMBER 20, 2018 Raising awareness of gender equity and equality is critical for Africa’s future, with workshops like one...
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Green agriculture initiative to boost food security for 70,000 households

Green agriculture initiative to boost food security for 70,000 households

By Michel Nkurunziza At least 70,000 households are set to benefit in terms of food security from a new project...
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Reversing land degradation in Africa by scaling-up evergreen agriculture

Reversing land degradation in Africa by scaling-up evergreen agriculture

Mr. Lutta Alphayo a PhD student in the department of Land resource management and agricultural technology (LARMAT) presented a poster...
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EU offers €1m to tackle land degradation in Ghana

EU offers €1m to tackle land degradation in Ghana

By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe The European Union, through the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, has giving Ghana a €1 million...
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Assessing economics of land management to regreen Kenya

Assessing economics of land management to regreen Kenya

By Christine Magaju The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative organized a five-day training at Jacaranda hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, as...
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Regreening Africa!

Regreening Africa!

BY SUSAN CHOMBA AND KARL HUGHES · JUNE 20, 2018 Land degradation, desertification and drought are widespread, affecting millions of livelihoods across Sub-Saharan Africa. A new...
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ELD and ICRAF hold capacity building workshops on Regreening Africa

ELD and ICRAF hold capacity building workshops on Regreening Africa

By Wangu Mwangi The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) kicked-off capacity building workshops...
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Regreening Ethiopia!

Regreening Ethiopia!

BY MAY MUTHURI · FEBRUARY 27, 2018 To combat desertification and regreen arid and semi-arid areas in Ethiopia and seven other countries, a...
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Assessing opportunities for sustainable land management in Africa: A cost-benefit approach in eight countries

Assessing opportunities for sustainable land management in Africa: A cost-benefit approach in eight countries

The growing loss of land Land degradation, desertification, and drought are widespread global issues that increasingly threaten the future of...
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Assessing opportunities for sustainable land management in Africa: A cost-benefit approach in eight countries

Assessing opportunities for sustainable land management in Africa: A cost-benefit approach in eight countries

Land degradation, desertification, and drought are widespread global issues that increasingly threaten the future of our environment. They result in...
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Evergreen Agriculture Project to kick start in UE and Northern Regions

Evergreen Agriculture Project to kick start in UE and Northern Regions

A new food security and climate change project, dubbed, "Scaling-up Evergreen Agriculture Project" is to kick start in the Bawku...
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Evergreen Agriculture Project to kick start in UE and Northern Regions

Evergreen Agriculture Project to kick start in UE and Northern Regions

By Samuel Akapule, GNA A new Food Security and Climate Change Project, dubbed, “Scaling-up Evergreen Agriculture Project” is to kick start...
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EverGreen Agriculture: a solution for degraded landscapes

EverGreen Agriculture: a solution for degraded landscapes

BY MAY MUTHURI AND SUSAN ONYANGO · OCTOBER 19, 2017 Widespread land degradation is an increasing threat to ecosystem health, food production systems and livelihoods...
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