Understanding landscape restoration options in Kenya: Risks and opportunities for advancing gender equality

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Key messages

  • Agricultural technologies for land restoration present both opportunities and risks for women’s empowerment.
  • Activities such as digging planting basins can increase women’s autonomy to carry out farming activities that usually require male assistance, however they take additional time and labor.
  • Planting fruit trees brings benefits for both men and women farmers, without significant issues relating to labor or timing, however water availability is a constraining factor.
  • To ensure restoration efforts advance gender equality rather than perpetuate existing inequalities, projects need to assess these potential synergies and trade-offs, involving both men and women in the design of project activities so as to meet their needs and ensure that benefits outweigh costs.


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