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  • on 30.01.2015
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Landscape management ‘key to Africa’s agriculture 0

Africa needs innovative, sustainable and integrated landscape management  to address challenges of  food security, environmental conservation and climate change, an international meeting has heard.

Africa’s agriculture is linked to land, water and watershed uses, according to Magda Lovei, practice manager for environment and natural resources, at the World Bank Group, during the 13th TerrAfrica Executive Committee (TAEC) meeting on sustainable land management, desertification, biodiversity and adaptation to climate change in Peru, last month (4-5 December).

TerrAfrica Partnership, a regional initiative led by the African Union’s New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Agency, is boosting watershed management partly because the practice could enhance agriculture.

According to Lovei, integrated landscape management will have great impact on women, noting that in Ethiopia, through the bank’s financing, they have rehabilitated some watersheds and hillsides, giving new possibilities such as beekeeping for women in honey production.

She explained that the work in Ethiopia makes lives easier because water comes back as upper watersheds become rehabilitated and women do not go far to fetch water, thus opening up other opportunities such as having more time with their families.

Lovei added that the World Bank Group has US$3 billion worth of investments in African countries — including Ethiopia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal — co-financed with other partners such as Global Environment Facility and governments of Germany, the Netherlands and Norway to boost sustainable land management

“We support the Great Green Wall Initiative that spans from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa, and even countries like Sudan, which are relatively newcomers in TerrAfrica Partnership, already have [land management] programmes,” said Lovei, adding that the Africa-based partnership, has to create an overall framework and agreements of what to be done and how.

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