August 31, 2015

Digging into Kenyan Finance for Landscape Management

Evan RomankoEcoAgriculture Partners Louis WertzEcoAgriculture Partners

To tackle the obstacles to increased sustainable development finance, we’re working on a national level assessment of the opportunities and challenges for integrated landscape investments in Kenya.

It took a lot of sitting in gridlocked Nairobi traffic, but project manager Krista Heiner and EcoAg Fellow David Kuria managed to meet with more than 30 Kenyans knowledgeable about some part of the Kenyan agricultural investing scene. Interviews were held in government offices, international NGO headquarters, and small coffee shops. Informants ranged from the governor of Laikipia County to coordinators of national programs to farmers. 

Kenya was chosen because of its multitude of integrated landscapes initiatives active at the stakeholder level as well as its economic development plan that recognizes the importance of ecosystem services nationally. By reviewing the policy context that enabled integrated landscape initiatives to grow and looking at current investments, the study, will focus on how landscape initiatives in the country are currently financed and where investors, policy makers and landscape leaders see opportunities for increased investment or better collaboration.

Findings will improve investing

Based on these findings, we expect to make recommendations to improve financing for integrated landscape management throughout Kenya. This research will be useful to all actors engaged in sustainable development finance at all levels: policy makers, financial institutions, and landscape stakeholders.

This work builds on the major report Financing Strategies for Integrated Landscape Investment, released last year as part of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative’s Global Review. That work established a baseline of knowledge on how integrated landscape management is financed globally, and sparked the need for a more detailed look at a country case.

Photo by Orrling, from wikipedia.

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