Scaling up sustainable land management and agro-biodiversity conservation to reduce environmental degradation in small-scale agriculture in western Kenya

Project Title:  ‘Scaling up sustainable land management and agro-biodiversity conservation to reduce environmental degradation in small-scale agriculture in western Kenya”.

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is partnering with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) through a contract Agreement to implement a 5 year climate smart project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The development objective of the project is to promote the adoption and adaption of sustainable land and forest management (SLM/SFM) practices across the productive landscape of Kakamega-Nandi ecosystem while the global environment objective is to reduce land and ecosystem degradation, conserve agro-biodiversity and contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The project will scale up proven and appropriate Sustainable Land and Ecosystem Management practices for enhanced productivity and to achieve local and global environmental benefits. Altogether, the expected impact of the project will be sizable multiple environmental benefits - as well as increasing smallholder resiliency to climate change, food security and income improvements while reducing pressure on the larger Kakamega, Nandi North and Nandi South forest ecosystems


KALRO and other partners representatives posing for a group photo during the launch in Kisumu | PHOTO KALRO

The Project intervention strategy is to address the prevailing barriers through four pillars:
The Project intervention strategy is to address the prevailing barriers through four pillars;
(1) Capacity building of farmers and stakeholders in SLM/SFM
(2) Strengthening farmer linkage to agricultural inputs and outputs markets
(3) Support to enabling policy and institutional framework at local level
(4) Knowledge management and dissemination.


Locals being enlightened about the project | PHOTO KALRO

The project will apply participatory and experiential learning, innovation platforms and value chain approaches in the implementation of the project components. The project will be implemented in Kakamega, Nandi and Vihiga counties. The three counties in western Kenya cover a total area of 6,466 km2 with a total population of about 3 million. The region has diverse ecosystems and forms a critical part of Lake Victoria basin.  The developmental challenge in the region is how to sustain the ever increasing demands for land and forest resources by a rapidly growing population.
The project will be implemented from the Food Crops Research Institute – Alupe Centre with an estimated total budget of USD 3.58 million for 5 years starting 1st January 2017 to December 2021.