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In African drylands, farmers are coaxing former forests back into life

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In the Dodoma region of Tanzania, an old farmer named Mr. Augustino had lived long enough to see the hills near his home go from being covered with trees to almost entirely barren. It had once rained more regularly, with water flowing in the rivers all year round. But over time, the rainfall lessened until most of the year he suffered from extreme drought, punctuated by a couple of days when torrential storms flooded the dried-up rivers and washed away the degraded soil on the hills.