The Desert Margins Programme Approaches in Upscaling Best-Bet Technologies in Arid and Semi-arid Lands in Kenya

  title={The Desert Margins Programme Approaches in Upscaling Best-Bet Technologies in Arid and Semi-arid Lands in Kenya},
  author={Anthony O. Esilaba and Michael Okoti and Dickson M. Nyariki and George A. Keya and Joseph M. Miriti and John N. Kigomo and Godfrey Alati Olukoye and Linus Chesoli Wekesa and W. Ego and Gabriel M. Muturi and H. K. Cheruiyot},
Kenya’s land surface is primarily arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) which account for 84% of the total land area. The Desert Margins Programme (DMP) in Kenya has made some contribution to understanding which technology options have potential in reducing land degradation in marginal areas and conserving biodiversity through demonstrations, testing of the most promising natural resource management options, developing sustainable alternative livelihoods and policy guidelines, and replicating… 

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