June 14

Analysis: As Africa Loses Forest, Its Small Farmers Are Bringing Back Trees

By Fred Pearce

For decades, there have been reports of the deforestation of Africa. And they are true — the continent’s forests are disappearing, lost mainly to expanding agriculture, logging, and charcoal-making. But the trees? Maybe not, according to new satellite data analyzed by artificial intelligence and a growing body of on-the-ground studies. This new research is finding ever more trees outside forests, many of them nurtured by farmers and sprouting on their previously treeless fields.

Photo courtesy of Nina R.

Source: Yale Environment 360 (link opens in a new window)

Agriculture, Environment
climate change, data, decarbonization, forests, global development, research, smallholder farmers, sustainable business