Private investment in restoration technology could help Africa

14/06/2011 - Kenya property & investment news Posted by Bob Brunskill
Private investment in restoration technology could help Africa

Kenya has been praised for its policies regarding agriculture, but investment could improve things further.According to All Africa, the continent is facing severe land degradation due to poor agricultural practices and deforestation.However, private sector investment in tree-based restoration technologies could help reverse this issue.The international investment forum, Mobilising Private Investment in Trees and Landscaping Restoration in Africa suggested that restoration techniques could offer income from for private sector investors.Frank Place, head of impact assessment at the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya, commented: "The emphasis is on identifying specific technologies suited to the environmental and market context that will also generate private benefits to [small-scale farmers who own land]."[But] planting trees of almost any type can have a positive effect on the environment in terms of soil health improvement and support for biodiversity."Kenya has already made a "bold policy move" by requiring its farmers to dedicate ten per cent of agricultural land to trees.