2022 Trillion Trees: the Sahel and the Great Green Wall Challenge​

This challenge is calling for innovative start-ups, social and small and medium-sized enterprises that contribute to the vision of the Great Green Wall Initiative and deliver benefits to people and the environment of the Sahel.

Africa’s Great Green Wall Initiative is an African-led movement, led by the African Union Commission, with an ambition to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. In this second iteration of the Trillion Trees: the Sahel and the Great Green Wall Challenge, 1t.org and UpLink are calling for commercially viable solutions for scaling restoration that contribute to this vision. ​

Successful submissions tackle one or several of the following focus areas:​

  • Value Chain Development and Enhancement: Interventions to develop and enhance new value chains based on restoration and agroforestry
  • Landscape Restoration: Interventions that leverage restoration for jobs and livelihoods, with a focus on native and threatened species.
  • Supportive Activities: Facilitating and enabling effective and inclusive community and enterprise governance and business acumen

The best 10-15 submissions will be invited to the UpLink Innovation Network, facilitated by 1t.org and its partners. This programme, primarily designed for Founders, CEOs, Executive Directors, etc., will include: ​

  • Access to networks: opportunity to participate in selected World Economic Forum and 1t.org events, projects and communities; become part of 1t.org’s growing Top Innovator community and challenge-related working group​
  • Visibility: public exposure via the Forum’s digital media channels (public website, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter) ​
  • Connections: introduction to selected organizations in the Forum’s network (incl. potential investors); custom support offered by Forum partners and 1t.org partners​
  • Targeted Support: including advice on technical, business, partnerships and operational development needs for reaching scale.​ ​


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Application deadline
Burkina Faso
Trillion Trees Initiative, UNCCD, Barka Fund, Code Green, SeriousShea, SOS Sahel, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Agriculture or Food