This article presents the programme Regreening Africa, a five-year programme (2017–22) funded by the EU that aims to restore one million hectares and contribute to the livelihoods of 500,000 smallholder farmers across eight African countries; Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Somalia. It addresses key aspects of land degradation in agricultural lands, such as soil erosion and declining soil fertility, low agricultural productivity, overgrazing and deforestation. It also supports the development of tree-based value chains.
This article was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 60 - Restoring African drylands, due for release in December 2020, containing 25 articles plus interviews and boxes describing farmer-led, NGO, private sector, government and international initiatives. These highlight the roles of varied policies and stakeholder interests, and identify opportunities to encourage smallholder and community participation in scaling out successes and meeting national, regional and global commitments.