Sale of charcoal in Nairobi, Kenya.
Demand for charcoal continues to increase in Kenya, it's vital that the sector is better governed
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Evidence shows that farms that share landscapes with wild nature, such as remnant forests and trees, benefit from the ecosystem services provided.
Young Kenyans typically see farming playing some role in their future, although few respondents want only to farm.
Young people typically see farming playing some role in their future as they prefer to remain in their rural homes, although few respondents want only to farm.
A maize farmer in Kenya surveys his degraded land.
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Regreening Africa works directly with 500,000 households to restore one million hectares of agricultural land.
COVID-19 mitigation could open new opportunities for agroecological innovation, here a multifunctional landscape in Ethiopia.
Michael Hauser (ICRISAT)
It's time to redesign food systems that deliver healthy foods, allow farming families to make a good living, and support thriving societies.
Most households didn’t want their future generations to become farmers.
Understanding rural household aspirations and taking them seriously in development planning could offer great potential in shaping the future of rural spaces.
Hard work and poor prospects for smallholder farming households in Africa.
Swathi Sridharan (formerly ICRISAT, Bulawayo)
Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support.
Soil health maps can help smallholder farmers make better decisions on improving their yields.
Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing.
Coffee bushes in a shade-grown plantation in the Andes, Ecuador.
Because the interactions between trees, soils, crops and livestock can be positive or negative, their relationship must be balanced and understood.
About 40% of Cameroon’s territory is covered in forest.
Forest communities have seen little or no change in improving livelihoods and stopping deforestation.
India has developed a pioneering national agroforestry policy.
If we need more trees, many will have to be introduced into managed agricultural mosaic landscapes.
Water quality is compromised by cultivation, pesticides, household waste and clothes washing.
Declining water quantity and quality means people have to travel further to find good water sources.
One third of the world’s land has been severely degraded from its natural state.
A Land Degradation Surveillance framework could solve this problem by systematically measuring and tracking indicators of land health in Africa.
Scientists must remember that farmers are focused on the best return from their inputs with little risk as possible.
Dominic Chavez/World Bank/Flickr
Soil scientists have rarely gone the extra mile to translate their knowledge into forms that can be integrated into economic decision making.
About 40% of Nairobi’s water supply gets lost on the way to consumers.
The beauty of rainwater harvesting is that anybody can do it.
Cocoa fruit pods.
Shade trees buffer cocoa plants from heat and water stresses, and create conditions that benefit their growth.
A woman sells charcoal in Nairobi, Kenya.
There are some big misconceptions about the charcoal sector and its role in environmental damage
Each year satellite images and maps show patterns linked to land use/cover change.
A new approach to monitor changes to the earth's surface uses maps that consist of physical and human geographic data to explain what's changed.