Category: Africa – Eastern

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Fresh water, the reward of land restoration, flows in Ethiopia’s dry zone

Success stories of how land restoration has transformed landscapes and livelihoods in four watersheds of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia Fresh water — its availability or lack thereof— is a powerful signal of the health of an ecosystem. On a...

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Research cuts a potential new path to faster, cheaper tropical forest restoration: Thinning

A common way to restore a degraded forest is to plant seedlings and nurture these into full trees. Indeed, to most people restoration and tree-planting (with native species) are virtually synonymous. Planting and nurturing tree seedlings over a...

Ethiopia, Tigray region, Kola District.  Photo by Andrea Borgarello/TerraAfrica

What will it take to restore 100 million hectares of land in Africa?

Never before in the history of mankind have we been challenged to shape our own survival —Wanjira Mathai The challenge is massive, but so is the promise. Healing 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in Africa...

Agroforestry for Dairy Farming:
Rose Koech, milking a cow at her farm in Kembu, Bomet County in Kenya. She grows fodder trees, shrubs and grass for dairy cattle. World Agroforestry Centre/Sherry Odeyo

Stakeholders move to enhance productivity and efficiency in Kenya’s dairy sector for lower greenhouse gas emissions

As part of the historic UN Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, countries committed to fight climate change by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions from various sectors, including agriculture. Kenya is not being left behind. Stakeholders from the dairy...

The banyan tree, Ficus benghalensis in Hawaii. Photo ©Mike Shanahan

Fig trees throw down a lifeline to a healthier planet

Fig trees were here when dinosaurs first roamed the planet. And today, just as they did 80 million years ago, Ficus species continue to bring nourishment, shade, water and numerous other gifts to people and plants. What’s more,...

Dr Kimutai Maritim (Centre) with (L-R) book Editor Ian Dawson, authors Beatrice Tuei, Ramni Jamnadass and Ermias Aynekulu

Two books launched at ICRAF Science Week 2016

Two books — one on traditional plant-based medicine for livestock, and another on greenhouse gas measurements— were officially launched at ICRAF Science Week 2016, 5–9 September. Kimutai Maritim, the Assistant Director of Veterinary Services in Kenya, was the...