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Arid Lands Support Programme Kenya


Department for International Development UKAID

Titre : Arid Lands Support Programme Kenya

Pays : Kenya

Organismes de mise en œuvre : Developing country-based NGO ; Donor country-based NGO ; INTERNATIONAL NGO ; Other.

Durée : Start 03 Dec 2012 End 31 Dec 2016

Recent consultations in four counties (Turkana, Marsabit, Malindi and Garissa) on communities’ perceptions of risk revealed that the most significant risks are directly or indirectly related to climate . Climate change is threatening traditional production and adaptation strategies for coping with adverse change, for example in the 1999-2001 drought that affected 4.5 million people, 60-70% of livestock in the Arid Lands died. The traditional ecological knowledge which people currently have plays a major role in their ability to adapt to the changing environmental conditions. This knowledge needs to be capitalised on whilst it remains relevant in a rapidly changing environment.

The Arid Land Support Programme aims to build on the successes of previous and on-going programmes and facilitate their integration and coordination in a sustainable manner. It will do this through : • Coordination. Support to the GoK through the ASAL Secretariat to provide a more integrated institutional environment for the development of the Arid lands which moves towards a more pro-active delivery of support for the Arid Lands. This will help to reshape emergency responses and move from disaster response to development and growth, supporting county-level development priorities and plans. • Livestock Insurance. Support the expansion of an Index Based Livestock Insurance. Complementary funds from European Union (EU) (E1 million) and Aus Aid (AUS$2 million) have already been secured for this expansion. • Community Resilience as a public good. On-going assistance to communities to develop and implement plans to enhance their resilience and adaptive capacity in the face of social, economic, political and environmental change. It will also assist local communities and NGOs to work with local county-level planning authorities to incorporate these community plans in county plans for funding. • Drought response to households as private goods. Supporting the recently gazetted National Drought Management Authority and National Drought Contingency Fund. In collaboration with the World Bank, EU and Danida we will seek to ensure the NDMA has capacity for an appropriate and timely response to early drought prediction. This will build on the HSNP smart card mechanism to deliver cash in a timely and secure manner to households in the event of disasters. It will facilitate the longer term reduction of dependence on food aid in affected areas.

To improve the coping strategies for over 500,000 of the poorest people in Northern Kenya (Turkana, Wajir, Mandera and Marsabit counties) to help them to adapt to climate change and improve their livelihoods. The programme will also provide opportunities to support the poorest during drought, provide benefits for livestock insurance, increase average real value of assets owned by households, and will allow 64,000 beneficiaries to become less poor relative to non-beneficiaries in the four counties.

Project budget : £14,309,999


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