The Key Landscapes: Makueni in Kenya and Illela in Niger
Makueni County is situated in the South Eastern part of Kenya and home to an estimated population of about one million people. The majority of the population is reliant on rural and subsistence agriculture as their main economic activity - with increasing difficulty as the county is prone to frequent droughts.
Located in the north-Western part of the country, the district of Illela is one of Niger’s priority landscapes for sustainable land and water management, commonly cited as a success story of regreening efforts using farmer-managed natural regeneration practices in the 1970s. Recent decreases in yield productivity and water availability coupled with increasing temperature, mean that accelerated, coordinated and equitable restoration interventions are urgently needed.