This programme involves a unique collaboration among 12 African countries (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda) in dryland regions, each facing the threat of environmental degradation in smallholder farms. Through a coordinating Regional Hub and network of Partners, these countries are well-placed to harness good practices for long-term sustainability and resilience of food production by reducing land degradation and biodiversity loss, recovering natural vegetation and increasing soil carbon.
Effective planning, management, monitoring, and decision-making require high-quality data, analytical methods, information-sharing protocols with local communities, and risk-management approaches for evaluating the trade-offs and synergies among policies for food production, nutritional security, poverty alleviation, and ecosystem services.
The Regional Hub supports country projects by availing capacity development, technical support and knowledge exchange aimed at facilitating the adaptation, uptake and scaling-up of agricultural Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) best practices with a particular focus on identifying financially-sustainable models for propagation at farmer level. For specific country demands beyond a common minimum level, the Hub also acts as a referral service.