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OPINION: Want to heal Africa’s degraded land? Go local

OPINION: Want to heal Africa’s degraded land? Go local

WANJIRA MATHAI and SALIMA MAHAMOUDOU IN Kenya and Niger, the countries that we call home, the land is hurting. Across Africa, land degradation is threatening the health of 1 billion people, eroding opportunity just as it erodes the soil. That crisis is compounded by the impact of COVID-19, which could push a further 49 million people into extreme poverty. But this is not the future that we foresee for Africa’s vital landscapes. We see thousands of communities healing forests, farms, and pasture across 100 million hectares of land, an area the size of Egypt, by 2030. What makes us believe in this…
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