Restore Africa: Restoring Landscapes and Livelihoods in East and Southern Africa with Climate Asset Management moved from inception to implementation and in Kenya, launch events were held in the Programme’s four targeted counties to deepen the understanding of the program, bringing together County-level leaders, organisations, regulatory institutions, farmers and other stakeholders.
Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia the programme aims to restore almost two million hectares and support 1.5 million smallholder farmers and their communities while mitigating the impacts of climate change at a globally significant scale.
In Kenya, the programme will improve the livelihoods of 250,000 small-scale farmers and pastoralists covering 250,000 hectares of land in Kilifi County, Kwale County, Algeyo Marakwet County and Narok County by 2052. The Lead Implementing Organisation (LIO) is World Vision Kenya with a consortium that includes; Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International, Green Belt Movement, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, Stichting Justdiggit Foundation, Conservation Alive Kenya and Self Help Africa.
The launches were all preceded by a courtesy call to the relevant local officials and the events opened with introductions and speeches, covered by local TV stations and journalists. Improving livelihoods is at the heart of Restore Africa and it’s great to see how the Programme brings communities together. In Elgeyo Marakwet the Governor was enthusiastic about the program introduction into the county and promised to help the implementing partners meet their targets. In Narok County the launch started with a tree planting exercise to mark ‘International Forests Day’.
Congratulations to our members, Green Belt Movement, Conservation Alive Kenya, Self Help Africa, and World Vision Kenya who coordinated the events, on their great success!
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