Based in the lowlands of Baringo County in Kenya’s rift valley, RAE (Rehabilitating Arid Environments) Ltd. has worked for 38 years to develop a successful socio-ecological model that benefits people and dryland environments. RAE adapts its rain-fed land restoration techniques to each site, while continually revising its activities and strategies to the changing environmental and social dynamics of different areas and communities. This articles presentes the approach, methods, benefits, impacts and ways forward of RAE.
This article was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 60 - Restoring African drylands, due for release in December 2020, containing 25 articles plus interviews and boxes describing farmer-led, NGO, private sector, government and international initiatives. These highlight the roles of varied policies and stakeholder interests, and identify opportunities to encourage smallholder and community participation in scaling out successes and meeting national, regional and global commitments.