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This brief describes implementation work under the ICRAF led project “Restoration of degraded land for food security and poverty reduction in East Africa and the Sahel: taking successes in land restoration to scale”.

Addressing land degradation is key to achieving food and nutrition security and requires active and deliberate engagement of multiple stakeholders (including farmers, NGOs, government, and researchers. In order to reach the land restoration targets set by National Governments and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), successful restoration efforts need to reach larger numbers of farmers and extend over larger areas than has previously been achieved. A key constraint to scaling restoration is that the ecological, economic, social, political and institutional context varies from household to household, as well as from village to village and that no one technology will suit all. This means active continual learning and communication between farmers, local community leaders, NGO partners, government, researchers and development partners is critical to ensure context relevant solutions are implemented to meet food and nutrition needs as well as restoration targets.