Majka on the Lookfar Podcast: Voices from the Wild

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Legado Founder & Executive Director, Majka Burhardt, chats with Lookfar CEO, Scott Stone, and guest host, Barbara Merz of Pathfinder International about Legado, Thriving Futures and blowing open why Legado isn't playing in just the conservation lane, or just the development lane, but is in hot pursuit of Thriving Futures for all. Note: please skip ahead to 4:45 to start ... Read More

Welcome Tita!

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We are thrilled to welcome Diana "Tita" Alvira, PhD, to the Legado team as our Director of Thriving Futures. Tita joins us after over 12 years at Chicago's Field Museum where she has been a driving force in the museum's community-centered conservation work in the Andes-Amazon. Dr. Corine Vriesendorp, the Director of the Andes-Amazon Program at the Field Museum, shared ... Read More

The Guardians of Reteti

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In November, we’re taking six friends of Legado to Kenya for our 2021 Legacy Expedition. As part of this experience, participants will visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, a that cares for orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim of releasing them back into nearby wild herds. Reteti is operated by the Samburu communities of the Namunyak Community Conservancies, Legado’s ... Read More

Up in the Air Over the Mathews Range

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For the next three years Legado is in partnership with Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an organization that has been working since the 1980s to support community-run conservancies across northern and coastal Kenya.  Our focus together will be the Namunyak Conservancy, one of the first conservancies established in this region and home to the Mathews Range, a remote sky island valued ... Read More

Community Land Titling on Mount Namuli

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Land is an invaluable asset for rural families living around Mount Namuli, as people rely directly on access to arable land, water, and other resources for their livelihoods and household economy. Yet, most land around Mount Namuli is held under informal customary tenure arrangements, and without formal legal recognition of their land rights, communities can struggle to protect their land ... Read More

Taking a leap together for new thriving crops in Namuli

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If you could change your future, would you? Dona Juliana Damião is, and she’s doing it by taking a risk and doing an experiment. Dona Damião is from Murrece, on Mount Namuli and she is takin a leap with our Legado: Namuli team to test a crop rather unusual around this area: ginger. Gingers are a fairly new exotic product ... Read More

Meet Monicah: Legado’s New Senior Program Manager, Thriving Futures

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Written by Monicah Mbiba, PhD In July 2015, I participated in a symposium which Legado hosted in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Little did I know, five years later that this experience and connection would land me an opportunity to do work I have always loved. The symposium was 15 African students and a few from the US. I was doing ... Read More

Back to basics of food sovereignty

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“Look at this one,” says Sr. Eugénio, placing his palm on a cassava plant as he looks over his family cassava ‘machamba’ (a cultivated field). “It looks very healthy — it’s taller than all the others,” he says, “and it beats all the obstacles thrown at it.” Sr. Eugénio is a farmer from the Curuca community close to Mount Namuli ... Read More

Preparing the bees to thrive in the honey season

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On Mount Namuli, Legado's Flagship site, community members are working to create sustainable honey products as part of their thriving future. Over the years the bees have been frequent guests in Legado's stories...However, recently we haven't seen many bees on Namuli — where did they go? Just like other species, honey bees have an active season where they’re foraging flowers ... Read More

Garnering Government Support for the Community Conservation Area in Namuli

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To kick off 2021 with a bang, we took  another big step forward as we continue to try to have Mount Namuli designated as a community conservation area. We drafted a letter to the government reflecting Mount Namuli’s national significance as a historical and cultural patrimony and a biodiversity hotspot, endowed with hydrological services and thriving agricultural production that supports ... Read More