Kenyan farmers adopt new agroforestry strategies through research and development program

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Smallholder farmers in the drylands of eastern Kenya are benefiting from innovative farming techniques initially tested in collaboration with World Agroforestry (ICRAF) scientists, development and government partners, which they continue to embrace as an effective way to increase food security.

The new agroforestry and crop diversification techniques resulted in the planting and survival of 30,000 trees across three countries. For farmers, those efforts entwine with working the stubborn soil into basins instead of plowing their hardscrabble plots of land into rows for sowing seeds, efforts that have resulted in flourishing crops and yield increases of 2 to 6 times the usual amount.

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