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Enhancing Water Access and Systems Strengthening for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands


Titre : Enhancing Water Access and Systems Strengthening for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands

This project delivers access to safe, affordable drinking water for pastoralist communities living in Kenya’s Turkana region. Funded by Grundfos Foundation, it also focuses on strengthening local water governance and water management systems.

Pays : Kenya
Lieu : Turkana county, Turkana South, Turkana East, Loima and Turkana Central sub-counties

Date : Phase 1 – July 2019 to March 2021 ; phase 2 – January 2022 to January 2023

Turkana is an arid and semi-arid region located in north-west Kenya. Persistent droughts make cultivating the land extremely difficult, and these are becoming more frequent due to climate change.

Communities tend to be nomadic pastoralists who relocate to find the most productive land, taking their livestock with them (goats, sheep and camels). As key household assets, keeping these animals alive is vital ; but natural water sources are drying up and pasture land is diminishing.

Objectif :

This project uses multiple approaches to improve access to clean drinkable water for Turkana’s population.
* Firstly, boreholes and solar-powered water pump systems have been installed at eight sites identified by the county authority. In keeping with local priorities, these are not only serving the communities, but also their livestock. Through capacity-building initiatives, local technicians and Water User Associations have been established trained to maintain these community-managed water and irrigation points.
* Secondly, training has been provided to improve WASH practises and establish livelihood diversification practises. In partnership with the Turkana Department of Agriculture and Irrigation, practical knowledge is being disseminated in subjects like community-managed irrigation systems, conservation agriculture, pest control and post-harvest considerations. Finally, policies and regulations relating to the county’s water management systems will be made more robust and comprehensive, including guidance on water tariffs. We will collaborate with local government to future-proof communities’ access to safe water.

Bénéficiaires : Pastoralist communities and local water systems operators in Northern Kenya, Turkana County Government & Assembly, Water Resource Authority and National Environment Management Authority

Financement : Grundfos Foundation
Budget : £ 2,489,181

Practical Action

Page publiée le 13 septembre 2022