WEST AFRICAN REFORESTATION PROJECTS, Senegal, 1985 - A sharp increase in domesticated animals, because of improved veterinary practices, has further damaged the environment. There are now many more mouths searching for an ever-decreasing amount of forage, and their number continues to grow.
Man is now believed to be the primary cause of the desert's advance across the Sahel region in Africa - because of his indiscriminate acts of deforestation. Even the tropical, humid countries south of the Sahel are beginning to show the effects of the encroaching desert. All these countries have begun huge reforestation operations in their depleted areas. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has joined in this battle against desertification and is cooperating closely with governments and other national and international agencies in their fight to save the land.