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Conservation Agriculture Increases Food Security in Kasigau, Kenya

At the Kasigau Corridor project in Kenya where the local community is heavily dependent on subsistence agriculture, climate change is increasingly creating adverse conditions for agricultural production. The sight of crop failure, soil erosion, dying cattle, and dried dams is not uncommon in the area.

In a recent Kenyan radio talk discussion George Thumbi Maina, Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project's Agribusiness and Agroforestry Manager, stressed the need to strengthen food security through community-led interventions.

These interventions include embracing conservation agriculture methods such as observing minimum tillage, implementing water harvesting pits, digging contours to prevent soil erosion, and embracing tree and crop farming which regenerates the soil. His department has also been partnering with local farmers to co-develop capacity building programs that increase their access to information and tools about conservation agriculture. While this is a gradual process, we appreciate our community partners for working with us to embrace conservation agriculture to regenerate the Tsavo ecosystem. Our appreciation also goes out to the agroforestry team for spearheading these efforts.

Update by Jane Okoth, Wildlife Works Communications and Media Officer

Photo by Filip Agoo

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