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Images: People at the heart of land restoration

Land restoration in northern Niger  in West Africa is making degraded areas productive again, providing economic opportunities in a region where migration has become a tradition.

Now, under Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations’ (FAO) Action Against Desertification programme, these efforts are being expanded to six African countries.

According to the FAO, this development shows that land degradation around the Sahara is not yet irreversible.

Photos: © FAO/Giulio Napolitano

Desertification and land degradation are very serious challenges. They lead to hunger and poverty  Images: People at the heart of land restoration Picture1 e1470250572464

Desertification and land degradation are very serious challenges. They lead to hunger and poverty.

Over the next decade, 50 million people may be displaced – the result of climate change and the depletion of natural resources.  Images: People at the heart of land restoration Picture2 e1470250666982

Over the next decade, 50 million people may be displaced – the result of climate change and the depletion of natural resources.

But recent successes show that land degradation is not yet irreversible.  Images: People at the heart of land restoration Picture3 e1470250731987

But recent successes show that land degradation is not yet irreversible.

The Great Green Wall initiative can be a game-changer for Africa – boosting food security, creating jobs and helping people adapt to climate change.  Images: People at the heart of land restoration Picture4 e1470250832516

The Great Green Wall initiative can be a game-changer for Africa – boosting food security, creating jobs and helping people adapt to climate change.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has joined the initiative and is engaged in land restoration across the Sahel.  Images: People at the heart of land restoration Picture5 1 e1470250954213

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has joined the initiative and is engaged in land restoration across the Sahel.

People are at the heart of FAO’s Action Against Desertification programme.  Images: People at the heart of land restoration Picture6 e1470251274581

People are at the heart of FAO’s Action Against Desertification programme.

Restoration efforts focus on supporting livelihoods, which mainly depend on farming and livestock.  Images: People at the heart of land restoration Picture7 e1470251399189

Restoration efforts focus on supporting livelihoods, which mainly depend on farming and livestock.

Plants are essential for rural communities – trees, shrubs and grasses provide everything, from food to fodder and from medicine to construction material.  Images: People at the heart of land restoration Picture8 e1470251597720

Plants are essential for rural communities – trees, shrubs and grasses provide everything, from food to fodder and from medicine to construction material.

Plants also bring economic opportunities. Fodder grass sells wells on the market, for example.  Images: People at the heart of land restoration Picture9 e1470251695288

Plants also bring economic opportunities. Fodder grass sells wells on the market, for example.

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