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Great Green Wall - Action Against Desertification initiative to boost small-scale farming in Africa










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    Evaluation of the project "Action Against Desertification in support of the implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, the United Nations to Combat Desertification and Drought action plans in Fiji and Haiti, and South–South cooperation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States"
    Project code: GCP/INT/157/EC
    2022
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    The “Action Against Desertification in support of the implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, the UNCCD action plans in Fiji and Haiti, and South–South Cooperation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States” project (AAD) worked with eight countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia to tackle the detrimental social, economic and environmental impacts of land degradation and desertification (2014 to 2020). It was implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners, with majority of funding from the European Union and co-funding from diverse partners. The project contributed to improving the conditions and productivity of agrosilvipastoral landscapes and the capacity to plan land restoration and manage forest and land resources. Livelihood improvements and concrete positive incidence on household income, food security, crops and milk production, and community interactions. It increased awareness and support policy makers developing intervention strategies that address D/LDD. The large-scale, heavy machinery-based technical intervention logic was found appropriate to address desertification/land degradation and drought (D/LDD) in specific conditions and countries. The geospatial study estimated the contribution of Action Against Desertification (AAD) to carbon sequestration to be between 384 000 and 1.27 million tonnes of carbon sequestered. The evaluation recommendations include further investments in training; building awareness and addressing climate change and land degradation; increasing political and policy coherence; guaranteeing sustainability and buy-in from beneficiaries; building in sustainable financing mechanisms at all stakeholder levels; increasing opportunities; and developing non-timber forest product (NTFP) value chains to create and develop viable markets for the products.
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    Forest and landscape restoration for adaptation in drylands: The Great Green Wall Initiative
    Webinar 6: Potential for Ecosystem based Adaptation to build agricultural livelihood resilience in Dryland Ecosystems
    2018
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    Africa’s Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative involves over 20 countries around the Sahara. Conceived as a mosaic of green and productive landscapes, the Great Green Wall is considered as a game changer for Africa’s Drylands and communities, given its potential to address climate change adaptation and mitigation, prevent and combat desertification, eradicate poverty, end hunger and boost food and nutrition security. FAO is engaged in this initiative through the EU-funded Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme, supporting six African countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal) in large-scale restoration— one that places rural communities at its heart and biodiversity as key source of resilience and adaptation to climate change. Through this presentation, we will showcase how plant-based solutions are being used for restoration and adaptation to climate change in Africa’s drylands.
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    Biophysical and socio-economic baselines - The starting point for Action Against Desertification 2018
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    The Action Against Desertification (AAD) project supports eight ACP countries, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gambia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Fiji and Haiti in the sustainable management and restoration of degraded land. Baseline assessments have been carried out in each of these countries to establish a reference against which to monitor changes and project impacts, as well as to better target project activities and inform other stakeholders and restoration initiatives in these countries. Because the project aims to strengthen the link between the resilience of the natural resource base and livelihoods, two macro areas of indicators (biophysical and socio-economic) have been taken into account. The data from all the countries was analyzed, cleaned, validated and compiled in a harmonized database. This report is a summary presenting the key results of these assessments. It will allow all stakeholders involved in restoration initiatives to better know these areas and target their restoration interventions and monitor their impacts on people and the environment. The restoration needs and opportunities in Africa’s Great Green Wall, as well as Caribbean and Pacific countries, are huge. The report shows high levels of land degradation, and poverty, and the links between them. Urgent restoration is needed, such as carried out under FAO’s Against Desertification. However, a lot still needs to be done to support each country in restoring degraded land to combat the effects of climate change and desertification, and address food insecurity and poverty.

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