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Kew's projects in East Africa

Kew works to record the diversity of plant life across the region and help conserve the species most at risk.

A Kenyan landscape - one of the many countries Kew is working in (Image: Tim Pearce)

Plant hunting in East Africa

Kew leads a variety of projects in East Africa. We focus our attention on species of particular importance and interest; these include African coffee (Rubiaceae), African mint (Lamiaceae), under-explored areas of Ethiopia and the flora of Tropical East Africa.

Kew’s global conservation work in East Africa investigates the seeds of around 60 priority tree species identified 'at risk' on the IUCN Red List. We prioritise plants and habitats that have been identified as under threat, and also focus on saving plants of use for the future, for example in medicine or food.

All Kew’s knowledge is encapsulated in the collections we look after. These collections are the largest and most diverse in the world, and underpin crucial conservation work.

Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership in East Africa

Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership (MSBP) is involved in a six-year project in Kenya to empower local communities to save the seeds of plant life identified at risk. We share our expertise with local people through training and collaboration.

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership is also working in Tanzania to help conserve seeds at risk safely, outside their native habitat. The Millennium Seed Bank partnership is the largest plant conservation project of its kind in the world. Our focus is on saving the seeds of global plant life faced with the threat of extinction and plants of most use for the future.

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank partnership in Kenya and Tanzania

Using plants to improve diet and nutrition in East Africa

Kew’s work across East Africa promotes the sustainable use of traditional food plants for diet and improved nutrition in Africa. This project contributes to the UN Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Find out more about Kew's African Wild Harvest project

 

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