Plants vs Sand

How the World Food Programme is helping communities use plants to stop sand dunes in Mauritania

A young boy stands on the road as the winds and sand pick up in the suburbs of Kaédi, Mauritania. Photo: WFP/Agron Dragaj

“We are people who love trees and we protect them because our life depends in some way on their existence.”

Community members of Glaguima Village participate in the mechanical dune fixation process. Photo: MEDD/Cherif Ndiaye
Community members plant seedlings as part of the biological dune fixation process. Photo: MEDD/Cherif Ndiaye
Seeds are planted in a nursery in Kaédi, that the community will then use as part of the biological dune fixation process. Photo: WFP/Agron Dragaj
Planting and watering seeds in the community run nursery in Kaédi, Mauritania. Photo: WFP/Agron Dragaj

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Michael Goode

Communication Officer for Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes, UN World Food Programme