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Lydia Spilsbury

Lydia Spilsbury is a communications intern for the Eastern and Southern Africa regional office and is based at the headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. She provides communication support at both programme and country levels, producing communication materials, covering events and writing blogs and success stories. She has been with ICRAF since January 2019 and holds a Master's degree in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh

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...

Four Surprising Ways Mode and Gender Can Transform Your Survey Data

By Christine Lamanna (World Agroforestry), Kusum Hachhethu (WFP), Sabrina Chesterman (World Agroforestry), Suneetha Kadiyala (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), and Todd Rosenstock (World Agroforestry). Mobile data collection technologies are increasingly being used to collect data remotely. However, there is little information about how the mode of data...