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Welcome to African Dry Forest Website

The dry forests of Africa are home to almost 235 million rural people and the forests cover over 43% of the land surface. Forest-based economic activities, such as making charcoal and selling forest products often contribute to over 25% of rural household income and reduce the impacts of droughts and lean times. The fact that so many people depend on the dry forests make them unique and important. Nontimber forest products can offer options for improving people’s livelihoods while at the same time conserving the forest resources. Sustainable management of the dry forests can thus contribute to meeting the UN Millennium Developmental Goals regarding poverty alleviation and protection of the environment. This makes dry forests a key resource in the convergence of interest between development and conservation objectives. It is against this background that CIFOR has several projects in the African drylands