‘Jali ardhi’ means ‘care for the land’ in Swahili. Claire Kelly is a human geographer working within the Jali Ardhi project, led by Professors Will Blake (University of Plymouth, UK) and Patrick Ndakidemi (Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania). The research is funded by the UK government Global Challenges Research Fund to explore the complex impacts of soil erosion on pastoral communities in Tanzania. The project brings together Tanzanian and UK scientists and the Maasai people to find ways to overcome the soil erosion challenges that they face.
Images courtesy of Carey Marks, a photojournalist and designer who works with the Jali Ardhi team to reveal the complex interconnections between people and their environment, and help to understand how complex challenges are forcing communities to adapt to events beyond their control.