KENYA: Government will mobilize $82 million to intensify response to drought

Raising $82.36 million. This is the ambition of the Kenyan government. According to President William Ruto, the funding mobilized from development partners will allow the continuation of projects aimed at mitigating the effects of drought in this East African country. Drought increases water stress, decreases pasture and reduces agricultural production. To mitigate the impact of the drought on more than 4 million Kenyans and thereby reduce food insecurity in the country, the government has developed a strategy.

This includes support for Kenya‘s livestock supply program. Kenyan President William Ruto explains that $1.65 million of the $82.36 million to be raised will be allocated to the Kenya Wildlife Service to undertake water trucking for wildlife in national parks and reserves across the country.

The government is also counting on the construction of dams for the supply of drinking water and irrigation. The new dams will support existing dams in the East African country, including Thiba Dam, which will open in October 2022. The dam provides water to 5,000 farming households for irrigation of crops such as as rice, corn and vegetables.

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Two months earlier, in August 2022, the Karimenu II dam was commissioned in Kenya. The 26.5 million m3 of raw water stored in the building is treated in a new plant with a capacity of 70,000 m3 per day. Drinking water is distributed via 67 km of pipes which serve 1 million people in Gatundu Nord, in the county of Kiambu.

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