After 4 years, Africa turns green

In sub-Saharan Africa, 60% of land is being degraded, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people. It's exciting to see Africa turning green. More and more people and animals are fighting for fertile lands that are shrinking year after year. To reverse this, we join forces with and local communities to restore the land by digging #earthsmiles, and the results have surprised us.

We share a video with the effect of #regreening for four years - from dry, dusty desert to sprawling green savanna. Can you imagine the effect these actions can have on the next four?

In particular, the community in Irerendeni village is fighting drought and land degradation. So far, 650 people have dug more than 2.408 #earthsmiles, covering an area of ​​47 hectares. 

The project in Irerendeni is part of the HUSISHA (INCLUDE) project, a collaborative program of @mviwaarusha y, financed by #Justdiggit and \n@TAG

Africa greens: from dry, dusty desert to lush open savanna

The project involves restoring semi-arid lands using nature-based solutions. An example of this is the technique of collecting rainwater using semicircular wells or as we like to call them #earthsmiles (Earth smiles)

These water wells/soil smiles in the ground help capture rainwater and prevent it from escaping and causing erosion. The wells give rainwater time to infiltrate the soil and thus reach seeds and roots underground. Vegetation recovers naturally due to increased soil moisture. This has a positive effect on soil health, water availability, biodiversity and climate change and also improves the livelihoods of local communities.

Together with @justdiggit and local communities have dug a total of 27,000 wells. Interesting fact: A well is 5 meters wide and 2.5 meters long and has the capacity to regreen a degraded area of ​​124 m2 and harvest 2.100 liters of water each time they are full.

By working with nature, not against it, Africa greens up and we have the opportunity to ensure food and water security for millions of people, restore nature and reverse global warming.

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