Remedies and roadblocks as Senegal battles climate change

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A pan-African green belt may help beleaguered herders

Lucinda Rouse
Senegal-based freelance journalist covering West Africa

During the long dry season, the parched landscape around the village of Mbar Toubab in Senegal’s northwestern Louga region is almost entirely devoid of vegetation. For kilometres on end, the bush is slowly turning to desert, like the vast Sahara a little to the north. When the rains come, a carpet of grass miraculously appears and the trees grow leaves.

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