Combating

desertification

Harvesting fonio (Guinea) © A. Barnaud
Factsheet

Ecological engineering

for sustainable agriculture in arid and semiarid West African regions

Arid and semiarid West African regions are characterized by heavy environmental constraints that have shaped natural ecosystems and human activities:

  • low, infrequent, irregular, unpredictable rainfall concentrated within a period of a few months
  • soils mainly with low organic matter and nutrient content.

Fauna, flora and natural ecosystems—savannas and dry forests—are thus adapted to these more or less prolonged arid conditions. Crop and livestock farming activities, which are highly prevalent in these regions, have also adapted to these constraints over time, primarily to ensure food self-sufficiency, especially through tree-crop-livestock integration. This combination may be noted in farms and villages inhabited by livestock and crop farmers and where both trees and crops grow side-by-side, but also on larger (...)

Desertification and land degradation trend indicators
R&D

Desertification and land degradation trend indicators

Restoring Natural Capital in Arid and Semi-arid Regions
Factsheet

Restoring Natural Capital in Arid and Semi-arid Regions

Combining ecosystem health with human well-being

Combating desertification
Factsheet

Combating desertification

Through direct-seeding mulch-based cropping systems (DMC)

Is combating desertification a global public good?
Factsheet

Is combating desertification a global public good?

Elements of an answer...

Carbon in dryland soils
Factsheet

Carbon in dryland soils

Multiple essential functions

The African Great Green Wall project
Topical issue

The African Great Green Wall project

What advice can scientists provide?

Is biochar “green”?
Topical issue

Is biochar “green”?

Science and civil society
Factsheet

Science and civil society

In the fight against desertification

Fighting wind erosion
Factsheet

Fighting wind erosion

One aspect of the combat against desertification

Pastoralism in dryland areas
Factsheet

Pastoralism in dryland areas

A case study in sub-Saharan Africa

Local impact indicators
R&D

Local impact indicators

For projects to combat land degradation and desertification

A global land degradation assessment and mapping method
Factsheet

A global land degradation assessment and mapping method

A standard guideline proposal

Why we should invest in arid areas
Factsheet

Why we should invest in arid areas

Remote sensing
Factsheet

Remote sensing

A tool to monitor and assess desertification

Contact

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Comité Scientifique Français de la Désertification

CSFD
Agropolis International
1000 avenue Agropolis
F-34394 Montpellier CEDEX 5 •  France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 67 04 75 44 • email: csfd@agropolis.fr

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