Forest land restoration enhances food security in Sahelian landscapes

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  • This case study provides evidence that small-scale reforested lands offer an appropriate strategy and means of diversification of food sources to help curb food deficits in the months before the major harvest of food grains.
  • This practice of reforesting lands goes beyond planting trees for ecological benefits; it integrates the value of trees for livelihoods and diversity providing food in times of scarcity.
  • To enhance capacity to cope with food shortages, more effort is needed to scale up FLRs.
  • Legislation should be developed to create enabling conditions to help households invest in land restoration (improve access to land and secure land tenure)
  • Integration of FLR should be enhanced as a component of land-use plans to ensure food security of smallholders in the Sahel.
  • Promotion of women-led FLRs is vital to achieving a positive outcome.
  • Efforts need to be made to support and empower the role of women in FLRs by providing gender-relevant knowledge and creating gender-sensitive tenure regulations.

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