Marginalised communities in semi-arid counties to benefit from Sh1 billion programme

Representative from the Embassy of Sweden plants a tree during the launch of the IMARA in Laikipia North Sub-County.
Over 100,000 residents in the arid and semi-arid counties are set to benefit from Sh1 billion programme that focuses on creating resilience and diversifying livelihoods in marginalised communities.

The Integrated Management of Natural Resources for Resilience in Asals programme dubbed IMARA is funded by Government of Sweden and it targets Semi-Arid areas in the counties of Laikipia, Isiolo, Samburu and Marsabit.

“We are excited to launch this programme today with our partners. IMARA is part of Sweden’s Strategy for Kenya on establishing better environment by creating resilience to environmental impacts and climate change,” Joan Sang, representative from the Embassy of Sweden said during its launch in Dol Dol, Laikipia North Sub County.

The three-year programme will focus on rehabilitation of degraded lands, forest and water sources with emphasis on renewable energy to enhance better management of natural resources.

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Representatives of the Embassy of Sweden and World Vision Kenya join women group for a dance during the launch of the programme.

The Programme’s Director Obadiah Kisang said that IMARA will also strengthen market systems and promote alternative livelihoods through innovative approaches. 

 “We are keen to adopt a collaborative approach with county governments, the private sector and community institutions to transform the lives of communities and households,” Kisang said.

Speaking during the launch, World Visions Integrated Programmes Director Jeremiah Nyagah said the organization was ready to engage all stakeholders in seeking solutions on natural resource management.

“If we look at challenges on natural resource management keenly with a focus on creating resilience and diversifying livelihoods, children will also benefit, “he said.

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