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Grace Koech

Grace Koech is an assistant researcher at World Agroforestry’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region. She has extensive experience in research, projects implementation, project management, biodiversity management and value chain development. She is also an effective communicator, able to generate targeted communication materials. She holds a Master of Science degree in biological science and Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology.

Benefits from trees regreen land and livelihoods

Smallholders in Ethiopia are set to benefit from development of tree value-chains. Wood-fuel, round wood, livestock fodder, honey and medicinal plants obtained from tree resources contributed up to 12.9% of Ethiopia’s GDP in 2012 (UNEP 2016). Millions of...

‘Income that surpasses the waiting’: in dire need of trees, Malawi tries woodlots, bees, bamboo

Success in rejuvenating land through forest-based enterprises has had dramatic outcomes for farmers. In the late afternoon in the highlands of Malawi, the air is chilly as the sun descends. But the welcome is warm. A group of...

Drylands Development Programme: changed lives in the Sahel

DryDev helped develop farmer-managed natural regeneration in agricultural fields, leading to reforestation with multiple local and exotic species that now contribute to strengthening natural forests and providing woodfuel and food, which can be prepared on the improved cookstoves deployed by DryDev, which reduce fuelwood consumption by two-thirds.

Kenyan value chains are crucial for regreening efforts

  Researchers show development of value chains is important for restoring degraded land in Kenya. Development of value chains is a key driver for successful implementation of regreening efforts and market access, say researchers from World Agroforestry and...

Technologies for land restoration showcased

With Africa lagging behind in efforts to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land, widespread use of innovative technologies is critical for success. Land degradation leads to declines in soil fertility and the loss of productivity and ecosystem...

Learning from past initiatives for expanding the scale of land restoration in Africa

Former ways have been reviewed and new approaches put forward at a major conference on land restoration in Mali. Land-restoration challenges have been presented in the past, great solutions proposed, and targets set at local, regional, national and...

Restoring drylands and empowering farmers: lessons from the Drylands Development Programme

  Successful land restoration needs human capacity, innovative technologies and mass participation. The countries of the Sahel Region of West Africa are vulnerable to the impact of large-scale environmental and land degradation, poor soil infertility, climate change, population...