African states in process to re­claim land

East African Business Week - - NEWS -

RABAT - Sub-sa­ha­ran African coun­tries want to re­store and sus­tain­ably man­age 100 mil­lion hectares of land in the re­gion by 2030.

In Ethiopia, peo­ple vol­un­teered 45 days per year to move 90 mil­lion tonnes of rocks and soil to re­store the land. In Kenya, the Green Belt Move­ment, mo­bi­lized com­mu­ni­ties to plant 51 mil­lion trees. “65% of the land is af­fected by degra­da­tion, nearly three mil­lion hectares of forests are lost ev­ery year, and 3% of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct growth is lost an­nu­ally from soil and nu­tri­ent de­ple­tion,” Magda Lovei, a spe­cial­ists with the World Bank said.

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