Learning from past initiatives for expanding the scale of land restoration in Africa
Land-restoration challenges have been presented in the past, great solutions proposed, and targets set at local, regional, national and global levels, however, vast areas of agricultural land remain degraded on the African continent, often well beyond the global average of 20 percent.
Sad but true, food insecurity, low rural incomes and weak resilience persist despite numerous attempts by donors, governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations. Could we, therefore, be approaching these challenges unwisely?
‘Business as usual has not produced desired outcomes on the African continent,’ pointed out Susan Chomba, Regreening Africa’s programme manager for World Agroforestry, speaking at the Beating Famine conference held held 26–28 February in Bamako, Mali. ‘We need to learn from past mistakes and successes and make decisions informed by evidence.’