Tony Rinaudo and Yacouba Sawadogo have regreened African landscapes
One is known as the ‘forest maker,’ and the other, the ‘man who stopped the desert.’ Tony Rinaudo, a natural resources advisor for World Vision, and Yacouba Sawadogo, a Burkinabe farmer, have and are continuing to spread restoration methods that seem simple – nurturing existing root systems to grow more trees; digging pits and lining rocks in a row to catch rainfall – but powerful enough to make barren African landscapes profitable again, and spark social movements among the people whose lives they’ve changed.
It comes as no surprise that these men, who will both speak at GLF Bonn 2018 on 1–2 December, have thus been named 2018 Right Livelihood Award laureates – also known as the alternative Nobel Prize – and will be awarded at a ceremony in Stockholm on 23 November. Join us in congratulating them on their success, and register to attend or tune into the livestream of GLF Bonn to hear them tell more about their legacies and their dreams.
Yacouba Sawadogo: Stopping desertification with rocks and holes