In Sudan, farmers and herders are increasingly feeling the pressure of climate change and desertification. Those same communities rely on the natural resources that healthy land provides for their water and food.

Southern Kenya, along the border with Tanzania and north of Mount Kilimanjaro, is predominantly inhabited by Maasai communities, which rear their livestock across seemingly endless rangelands.

Restoring and sustainably managing degraded land and forests is a national priority for Niger. It has been since the 1980s, when farmers restored over 1 million hectares of land without any external aid. Still, each year, the country loses about 100,000 hectares of arable land from overgrazing, uncontrolled logging, unsustainable forest management and fires. More than 75 percent of Niger’s area is affected by deforestation and desertification, which threaten the livelihoods of millions of people.

In Burkina Faso, people depend heavily on natural resources: grasslands for their livestock, freshwater and rain for their crops, non-timber forest products for food, plants for medicines, and firewood for cooking. But these natural resources are under pressure from the changing climate and its symptoms: erratic rains, high temperatures, increasing dryness, poor and easily degraded soils.