Scaling up Regreening: Six Steps to Success


By Chris Reij and Robert Winterbottom


October 4, 2016

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Scaling Up Regreening: Six Steps to Success highlights the benefits of “regreening” and its widespread adoption in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, northern Ethiopia and Malawi, and identifies six steps to scale up regreening practices in Africa and beyond.

In a world grappling with the challenges of food insecurity, climate change, landscape degradation, and rural poverty, regreening offers a path forward, especially in dryland areas. The transformation of degraded landscapes—restoring productivity and increasing resilience through the widespread adoption of agroforestry and sustainable land management practices—can deliver food, climate, and livelihood benefits.

  • Regreening delivers multiple economic benefits to farmers and communities

  • Regreening may be driven by many factors, but it almost always led by farmers

  • Despite the many benefits of regreening, barriers remain to its wider adoption

  • To scale up regreening, development practitioners should consider six steps: 

    1) Identify and analyze existing regreening successes 
    2) Build a grassroots movement for regreening and mobilize partner organizations 
    3) Address policy and legal issues and improve enabling conditions for regreening 
    4) Develop and implement a communication strategy 
    5) Develop of strengthen agroforestry value chains 
    6) Expand research activities

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