East Africa

Since our founding in 2005, EcoAgriculture Partners has led efforts in the region to implement policy and land management actions that simultaneously address poverty, food security, and ecosystem degradation.

Mosaics of farms are fracturing ecosystems

East Africa has more than 12.4 million square kilometers of farmland and less than 4 million square kilometers of native forest.

30% of the economy

Agriculture and forestry make up nearly 30% of all the economic activity in the region.

Millions of people grow your espresso

Nearly 22 million people in East Africa are directly employed by the coffee industry alone.

40% lack clean water

Most of East Africa's water resources are used for agriculture, while 40% of people in East Africa lack access to reliable safe drinking water.

Widespread climate change vulnerability

65% of the population of East Africa East Africa is especially vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather.

Our Efforts

Putting local stakeholders at the forefront

Since our founding in 2005, EcoAgriculture Partners has led efforts in the region to implement policy and land management actions that simultaneously address poverty, food security, and forest conversion. Strategic partnerships with community-based organizations, governments, and international conservation organizations allow us to build effective rural development programs, pilot important innovations, and scale promising policies and projects. These actions have returned positive results, such as a steady rise of income for farmers and eliminated deforestation in communities in Kenya. Through this experience, we have demonstrated that concerted action holds the power to uplift and empower communities to take charge of the sustainability of their landscapes and livelihoods.

Launching a landscapes movement

EcoAgriculture Partners maintains close relationships with its partners on the ground around East Africa to scale-up the impact of landscape initiatives. Through these networks, we connect landscapes across East Africa to encourage knowledge-sharing between key policy, business, and farmer organization leaders. Our continuing research and analyses of land use practices provide important insights into how best to manage a landscape to improve resilience, mitigate and adapt to climate change, and relieve socio-economic conditions. The expertise of our staff and partners is compiled into guides, manuals, and monitoring and assessment tools that make sustainable land management and best practices feasible for farmers and transparent for policymakers to support.

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