Hope at last for drylands

Women from Nantundu Village in Isiolo North no longer have to walk long distances to fetch water, thanks to an initiative that taps rain water and conserves it in pans. PHOTO | PAUL LETIWA

What you need to know:

  • Millions of Kenyans living in arid and semi-arid lands (Asals), bear the brunt of climate change. The recurrent droughts, floods, inequitable distribution of land and over-dependence on rain-fed agriculture all increase their vulnerability, leading to widespread poverty.
  • “In Kenya, Wajir and Makueni counties were the first to enact the County Climate Change Fund (CCCF) legislation, with Isiolo, Garissa, and Kitui at advanced stages of approving theirs, which are anchored to the Kenya Climate Change Act,” adds Mr Jarso.
  • The CCCF Act  allows counties to access climate change finance from their own budgets, as well as from national and international sources.

In the hillside Longopito Village, about 80 kilometres from Isiolo Town, Lucy Ntepenika has to walk eight kilometres  to the nearest water point.

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