$85 million initiative to scale up agroforestry in Africa

A new initiative announced by a coalition of NGOs will scale up agroforestry in Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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NGOs have joined forces in what they are calling “the biggest land restoration project ever seen.” The $85 million funds were secured from G9 Ark to implement what is dubbed the Grand African Savannah Green Up.

This project is part of the Global EverGreening Alliance which aims to capture 20 billion tons of CO2 annually by 2050.

It was announced during the UN Climate Summit and, according to Mongabay, is considered to be one of “the most important initiatives aimed at reducing the effects of climate change”.

Agroforestry author and expert Eric Toensmeier said to Mongabay: “This may be the largest individual investment ever made in agroforestry. The area that will be restored, 2 million hectares [5 million acres] by 2025, is almost the size of New Jersey.”

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