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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...

FEATURE: Can we grow our way out of the charcoal crisis?

Charcoal production in much of Africa is not only a major source of energy but also often illegal because of its apparent association with deforestation. In this first of our new series of feature articles, we go deeper into the problems and examine the solutions.

Eradicating hunger through the African Orphan Crops Consortium

Training scientists in advanced plant genomics is set to transform nutrition in Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations works with the Consortium to assist its member countries. The African Orphan Crops Consortium is an...

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...

Using the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework to assess land health in Rwanda

By Dorcas Sanginga Regreening Africa’s Land Degradation Dynamics component, spearheaded by Leigh Winowiecki, soil systems scientist, and Tor-Gunnar Vågen, geoinformatics senior scientist, recently conducted Field Training and Field Survey: Biophysical Soil and Land Health Assessment using the Land...

Fixing forests: how Decision Analysis is working on the ground in East Africa

Originally published by the CGIAR Research Programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems Among East Africa’s biodiversity hotspots is the Desa’a forest, which borders Tigray and Afar in Northern Ethiopia. The forest has become a priority area for conservation,...

Flood-Based Livelihoods Symposium: Harnessing the potential of flood water

Researchers, governments and development agencies are hastening to harness the potential of floodwater for securing food security and sustainable livelihoods. Seasonal flooding is largely considered a destructive hazard that disrupts many agricultural activities and livelihoods. However, according to...

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...

Beating Famine turns its attention to the Sahel

Land is being restored in Africa’s dry Sahel region to ensure food security The semi-arid region known as the Sahel stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea between the Sahara Desert and the Sudanian Savannah. Most...