Ms Mary Crossland


Combining systems simulation modelling and participatory processes, this project aims to understand how interventions to restore degraded land can and cannot influence the livelihoods of those living in the drylands of Kenya and Ethiopia, and the degree to which they can directly and indirectly contribute to reducing poverty and increasing food security. The overall hypothesis is that land restoration options (technologies, market interventions and policies) can improve food security and reduce poverty, but need to be locally adapted, combined and matched to fine-scale variation in livelihood context in order to do so.

This research is being conducted in collaboration with an international project led by the World Agroforestry Centre, “Restoration of degraded land for food security and poverty reduction in East Africa and the Sahel: taking successes in land restoration to scale”, which embraces a research ‘in’ development approach by collaborating with large development programmes to systematically test promising land restoration options across a range of contexts to find out what works best where, why and for whom.

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