At the southern edge of the Sahara, Africa’s Sahel region is one of the poorest places on Earth.
On the frontline of climate change, millions living in the Sahel are already experiencing the devastating impact: Persistent droughts, lack of food, conflict over dwindling natural resources, and mass migration are just some of the many consequences.
We have witnessed first hand the effects of land degradation in Senegal, and we have also seen how families and villages benefit from planting fruit-bearing trees. A huge step towards food security, the Great Green Wall will employ a green workforce and provide reasons to stay for the millions who live along its path.
As an official partner of the Great Green Wall in Senegal, to.org is committed to promoting, amplifying, and accelerating the impact of this critical initiative.
Since 2015, we have planted 65,000 trees in northern Senegal. One of the 450 farmers we have supported, Amadou Ba, has planted 250 mango trees on his land, growing fruit that he can sell for profit as well as seeing the benefit to his community and the region.
This is just the beginning of our larger goal of raising funds to plant millions of trees across northern Senegal with the support of our local implementation partners.
The Great Green Wall is vastly underfunded. New commitments from the international community will help speed up progress, but more support is urgently needed in order to avoid climate emergency across the Sahel.
If you have a solution, initiative, or idea that might contribute to landscape restoration in the Sahel, we encourage you to submit to the Trillion Trees Challenge.