Soil erosion challenges in East Africa: an interdisciplinary approach

Image credit: Carey Marks

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    Exhibition: Atrium B, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

  • Stonehouse Lecture Theatre (lecture) / Atrium B (exhibition), Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

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'Jali Ardhi' means 'Care for the Land' in Swahili. 

The Jali Ardhi project aims to evaluate the impact of soil erosion on both the environmental and social resilience of communities in East Africa. With growing land-use pressures and consequent severe soil erosion, many East African socio-ecological systems are at a tipping point. Field-based research is being undertaken in Northern Tanzania, in collaboration with Maasai communities, to develop knowledge of the complex interactions and feedbacks between people and the land.

The lecture will be given by Patrick Ndakidemi (Professor of Agricultural Sciences, The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania) and Will Blake (Professor of Catchment Science from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth). 

The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between University of Plymouth (Geography), The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (Agricultural Science), University of Exeter (Psychology), Schumacher College (Ecological Design Thinking) and the International Water Management Institute.

Following the lecture, there will be a photojournalism exhibition, by Carey Marks, of the landscape, its people – and the challenges they face. Wine and light refreshments will be available. The exhibition will be running from 23 to 31 May in Atrium B, Portland Square Building.

This free event is open to all - please register your place via the above link.


  • Arrival: 17:30
  • Lecture: 18:00
  • Exhibition and refreshments: 18:45

Contact for any queries.

For more information on the Jali Ardhi project and research team.

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