June 25, 2014 - June 26, 2014

Kenya Policy Dialogue

World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi

EcoAgriculture Partners, in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre’s Strengthening Rural Institutions project, and under the coordination of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, began a process to improve the policy and institutional framework for ILM in Kenya based on policymaker and civil society engagement. Researchers began by assessing the elements of Kenya’s current policy and institutional framework related to the implementation and scaling up of ILM from the perspectives of both civil society and policymakers. Then, key stakeholders in five sites — Embu, Bungoma, Laikipia, Lari and Naivasha — identified policy needs and recommendations that could be addressed by national or sub-national policymakers. In the final phase of this process, civil society leaders and key county and national level policymakers worked together to improve the policy environment for ILM in Kenya through a facilitated, national level policy dialogue held at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi on June 29th. Several key recommendations for improvements to national and county policies and institutional frameworks were identified and discussed by participants in the national policy dialogue. These include:

  • Empower civil society participation;
  • Support multi-stakeholder collaboration/platforms;
  • Implement spatial plans/integrated land use management plans;
  • Implement and enforce policies supportive of ILM (at national and county levels);
  • Harmonize policies vertically and horizontally; and
  • Develop/enhance incentive mechanisms and market opportunities for ILM.

In addition, civil society representatives and policymakers collaboratively developed action plans for improving the policy framework for ILM in each of the five landscapes as well as at a national level. One of the most exciting outcomes of this process was the interest among the representatives in developing an information sharing platform that would include civil society representatives in each of the five landscapes, as well as county and national level policymakers.

Public Policy for Integrated Landscape Management in Kenya: Introduction to National Dialogue from The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative

Public policy for integrated landscape management: Policy Dialogue for ILM in Kenya from The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative


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Lari Landscape’s poster prepared in advance of the policy dialogue.

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The Bungoma and Embu County landscape posters.


Day 1: June 25, 2014




Welcome and Introductions


Objectives, agenda, context


What is integrated landscape management?


Coffee and tea break


Landscape poster presentations and discussion on multi-stakeholder collaboration




Public policy and civil society roles in policymaking for ILM


Landscape presentations on policy for ILM


Coffee and tea break


Policymaker panel


Wrap up and moving towards developing cross-cutting policy recommendations

Day 2: June 26th 2014


Plenary discussion of cross-cutting policy recommendations and prioritization


Small group exercise to discuss cross-cutting recommendations


Coffee and tea break


Small groups report back to large group




Small group exercise to develop action plan for policy changes


Small groups report back to large group


Wrap up and discussion of next steps