By Jerome Bossuet, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).
The latest Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) conference took place Aug. 29-30 in Nairobi under the topic of forest and landscape restoration in Africa.
To tackle the urgent issue of deforestation and land degradation, the sessions and panels covered subjects as diverse as community-led restoration, how to address social inclusion in land management, or how to work with supply chain actors to achieve sustainable landscapes and better livelihoods for local communities.
Landscape degradation directly affects 1.5 billion people. Local communities are usually the first ones to experience the negative effects of this problem on their livelihoods, access to water and loss of topsoil and farm productivity.
However, Africa provides the most opportunities for landscape restoration.
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