In spite of the harsh conditions, over 350 million people live in dryland areas of Africa. Many people live in extreme poverty and depend on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods. They are among the poorest people on earth and they are facing one of the most difficult environmental situations.
In the drylands of Africa, trees offer real solutions to lift people out of poverty and to improve the environment. TREE AID works where the need is greatest and where we can make the biggest difference.
TREE AID works in the drylands of Africa, specifically in the Sahel and dry Savannah zones around the Sahel. These are arid and semi-arid areas, beginning just south of the Sahara desert and stretching across the continent, which receive around 200 mm – 800 mm of rain a year.
Africa is the continent most affected by desertification, which, in the drylands, is being accelerated by drought, climate change and over-exploitation of land. Nearly 75% of dryland agricultural land is already severely or moderately degraded. Africa is the only continent where deforestation rates are not decreasing – here deforestation rates are 4 times the world average.