#17-21 Farmland restoration in Kenia … Women doing that work in drylands areas

Reporter Diana Wanyonyi from Mombasa investigates farmland degradation and restoration in the drylands area of her region. She talks with two women who do land restoration – one of whom is successful, and one whose land was stolen after she restored it. Two experts give background on restoration techniques and gender discrimination problems in areas like getting formal deeds and farm loans.

Host(s): Frieda Werden and Diana Wanyonyi
Featured Speakers/Guests: Margaret Olang has been farming for 8 years, restoring her land and not using irrigation. Fatuma Chao, 85 years old had her inherited farm grabbed away by a private developer, just after she had rebuilt the soil washed away by el nino flooding. Mr. Kizito Kwena is a soil scientist at the Kenya Agricultural Institute who is trying to get farmers to adopt more sustainable practices and reclaim soil fertility. Wagalo Mwangi is a Public Information and Media Officer for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. She discusses the gender issues in agriculture and public policy.

Credits: Documentary produced by Diana Wanyoni; WINGS series producer, Frieda Werden. More information from website of Kenya Agricultural Research Institute: https://www.kari.org/