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‘No one leaves any more’: Ethiopia’s restored drylands offer new hope


Migration is no longer the only option for many young Ethiopians, as careful restoration revives livelihoods on eroded and deforested land. Kahsay Gebretsadik was arrested at 5am in Saudi Arabia. As an illegal immigrant with no papers he knew this was the end of his stay. After 15 days in prison, police placed him on a […] Continue Reading

In Kenya, farmers see early rewards from adding legumes and trees to their farms


Less than a year after supplying farmers with legume seeds and fertilizer tree seedlings, the Legume CHOICE project team caught up with farmers and traders in Kisii and Migori counties of Kenya. The farmers were already enjoying the benefits and were keen to scale up. Legume crops like beans and peas (known collectively as pulses […] Continue Reading

Kenya to Restore Denmark-sized Area of Degraded Land


Kenya announced on September 8th that it will restore 5.1 million hectares (12.6 million acres) of degraded land, an area roughly the size of Denmark, to more productive use. The move is poised to improve livelihoods, curb climate change, safeguard biodiversity and more. As a result of poor land use, including overcultivation and overgrazing, Kenya has been […] Continue Reading

Q&A: How to Involve Kenya’s Local Communities in Adapting to Climate Change?


Kenya faces several disparate climate change impacts, such as severe droughts in some areas and extreme floods in other parts. It’s a challenge for the adaptation planners tasked with helping vulnerable communities become more resilient. WRI held a training in Kenya for members of government agencies, NGOs and the private sector on tools to evaluate, […] Continue Reading

Can the Great Green Wall change direction?


A 7,700 kilometer wall of trees, running through 11 countries along the southern frontier of the Sahara Desert. That’s what the African Union proposed in 2007, a “Great Green Wall” that was to be the largest living structure on the planet. The purpose was to provide a mighty barrier against the advance of the Sahara, and to […] Continue Reading