Restoring Africa’s drylands is critical for future food security, climate resilience and biodiversity conservation, not only on the continent, but also globally. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) estimates that 65% of land in Africa is affected by degradation, and 3% of GDP is lost annually from soil and nutrient depletion on cropland.
This white paper emphasizes that – as those with the most to lose from degraded land and soils – smallholders, pastoralists, women and other local land users must be central to restoration efforts. Drawing on case studies and lessons learned, authors highlight key successes, barriers and opportunities surrounding the promotion and implementation of community-led sustainable management in the African context.
This subject is part of GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands.