What you need to know:
- The government wants to change Asal counties from being food insecure to having a surplus through irrigation and food improvement techniques.
The European Union (EU) has pledged four million euros to support Isiolo County’s drought mitigation efforts.
The announcement was made by EU head of development cooperation Hubert Perr in Isiolo during a visit to Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) member counties.
Envoys and representatives from Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UN, EU and the World Bank, and the principal secretary from the Ministry of Devolution and Asal areas Micah Powon visited the area.
The Sweden ambassador also offered to support Isiolo County by offering training.
Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti, Senator Fatuma Dullo and Isiolo North MP Hassan Oda, who hosted the delegation, presented the drought mitigation efforts among other developments currently rolled out in the county.
The team led by United Nations Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee said there was an improvement in development in the eight frontier counties comprising Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Turkana, Marsabit, Garissa, Tana River and Lamu.
Mr Chatterjee said the counties can achieve more and also be models of big four visions set out by President Uhuru Kenyatta – universal healthcare coverage, food security, affordable housing and manufacturing.
Governor Kuti thanked the development partners for their support.
“We are interested in a long-term development relationship. We will walk the path of development together,” he said.
Mr Powon said the collaboration between development partners and the frontier counties was yielding positive results.
He added that the government wants to change the narrative of Asal counties from being food insecure to having a surplus through irrigation and food improvement techniques.