Issues to be addressed and importance of the intervention
This project will address the communities’ incapacity in coping with climate change, and the policy gaps, in Uran and Walda locations of Sololo Districts and Yabello and watiti location in Moyale District of Marsabit County in Northern Kenya in view of the national policy arena in the area of climate change. The project target 1850 Households and a population of 11,100 direct beneficiaries and indirect beneficiaries of 22,200 people. The development of sustainable agriculture and water management will be designed as a capacity building, advocacy and a climate change response. For any successful intervention especially in areas without a river, small scale water harvesting and water management will be advocated for. Huge water bodies’ dams, water pans need to be constructed in future. The project will support and lobby local leaders and Government to put these in place through the various county avenues.
Community information and knowledge gap will also be addressed, especially through awareness and sensitization forums for the community. The lack of resilience and ability to adapt to climate change will be addressed in a multi-pronged approach of capacity building and training, establishing a local team of well-trained water resources management team, with clear and simple water harvesting and management techniques for the community to start practicing. The community has not practiced good water harvesting and water conservation on farms, neither have they undertaken sound soil conservation for better crop production and adoption of appropriate farming methods has not been realized. The local climate change advocacy, therefore, will involve specific actions to encourage the community to make good use of the water and soil resources, and diversify livelihoods in the target area.
The proposed project will entail advocacy and response interventions namely;
•Advocate for the promotion of food and water security through policy implementation and climate resilient technologies and crop production
•Improved participation of communities in Water resources management and governance especially among marginalized people
•Enhanced Institutional support, networking and technical support geared at influencing decision makers to deliver on their mandate in water, food security and climate change processes in relation to the new constitution.
At the end of the above activities the following results will be achieved:
•Improved food security and water harvesting and adoption of climate resilient technologies and crop production
•Improved policy and measures for water, food security and climate change management and governance
•Improved capacity of citizens to undertake sustainable agriculture and water management
•Improved institutional, technical and networking within NSAs in Marsabit counties.