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>> A new paper has been published in the the peer-reviewed, open access journal Journal of Environmental Management entitled “How do large-scale agricultural investments affect land use and the environment on the western slopes of Mount Kenya? Empirical evidence based on small-scale farmers' perceptions and remote sensing.” by Julie Zaehringer, Grace Wambugu, Boniface Kiteme and Sandra Eckert.  

>> A synthesis workshop took place in Pretoria in January 2018 with the participation of all work packages and researchers involved. Researchers presented and discussed all emerging results. The activities for the rest of the project were further detailed and the expected results and deadlines were agreed.

>> A first result of our project  has been published in the peer-reviewed, open access journal Remote Sensing:Agricultural Expansion and Intensification in the Foothills of Mount Kenya: A Landscape Perspective” by Sandra Eckert, Boniface Kiteme, Evanson Njuguna, and Julie Gwendolin Zaehringer.

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>> Socio-economic surveys and biophysical studies took place from June 2016 to March 2017 in all three countries. The results are currently analysed.

>> A workshop was held in Nanyuki, Kenya from February 22nd to 27th 2016.  Its objective was to facilitate a scoping study aiding detailed orientation of the research in the Kenya study area. It is also intended to aid finalization of the methodological guidelines for the fieldwork in Mozambique and Kenya. (short summary of report).

>> A baseline study of investments  in the Nanyuki region was conducted and completed from January to March 2016. 
>> Field missions to define the study areas and initiate contacts with stakeholders on the ground were undertaken in Mozambique (April 2016) and Madagascar (December 2015).

>> The project was presented in a poster at the 3rd programme conference of the National Research Programme (NRP) 68 of the Swiss National Science Foundation in Montreux, Switzerland, 12–13 November 2015 (poster). A corresponding factsheet on the project was also elaborated (factsheet, in German). 

>> A workshop was held in Kenya 13–18 September 2015. Its aim was elaboration of detailed research questions and hypotheses for each work package (WP), which fit the overall framework as well as individual scientific frameworks (short summary of the report). All WPs participated. The workshop resulted in a detailed research plan.


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