The northern Nigeria soudano-sahelian zone has seen continued population growth, resulting in increased agriculture and ensuing in deforestation and desertification. Afforestation projects in the 1990s resulted in vast shelter belts and modest farmer-managed wind breaks, woodlots and natural regeneration. Nonetheless, the population uses four times more fuel wood than the area produces.
Intensifying farmer-managed fuel wood production and reducing fuel wood consumption can bring back the balance. The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) in partnership with Oxfam and with support from the European Union and National Planning Commission, has embarked on a project to restore the fuel wood balance in Katsina, northern Nigeria. Tagged “Improving the fuel wood balance in seven LGAs in Katsina”, the project seeks to sustainably improve the fuel-wood balance and resilience of livelihoods of rural households in Mashi, Mai Adua, Dutsi, Daura, Sandamu, Zango, Baure Local Government Areas in Katsina state.