UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Understanding the land-water-food nexus in Elgeyo-Marakwet

This collaborative project that aims to use interdisciplinary academic expertise to aid policy makers and community members in the management of the land-water-food nexus in Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya.

Three men talk in a field in Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya

22 December 2016

We seek to build a comprehensive picture of how communities in two linked, but environmentally contrasting, locales have managed resources over time. 

The research combines botanical, ethnographic, archaeological and ecological methods to research changing climate, water availability, deforestation, land degradation, and biodiversity loss in the forested Cherangani Hills and the semi-arid Kerio Valley.

This research is particularly interested in how such transformations relate to food and water security, eco-system services and health and wellbeing. 

Project lead: Dr Constance Smith