Four counties gets Sh1 billion donation to improve communities’ livelihood

Representatives of World Vision Kenya and Embassy of Sweden during the launch of IMARA Programme Laikipia County.
Pastoral communities in four Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (Asals) will benefit from a Sh1 billion programme meant to improve livelihoods of residents.

The money, given by the Swedish government, will be used to fund a programmed dubbed Integrated Management of Natural Resources for Resilience in Asals Laikipia, Isiolo, Samburu and Marsabit counties.

The three-year plan, to be implemented by World Vision, is aimed at seeking alternative and diversified livelihoods for locals.

It will also help residents in management of their resources.

"The project will also target economic activities residents engage in, including bee keeping and beading where we will be marketing their products," said the programme's director Obadiah Kisang, who spoke during its launch in Doldol within Laikipia North on Friday.

He added: "We are adopting a collaborative approach with county governments, the private sector and communities to transform the lives of residents of the targeted regions where we are targeting about 20,000 households."

Kisang said other than establishing markets for the various locally made products, they will also start value chains and boost cottage industries, restoration of degenerated land ecosystems and promotion of renewable energy.

Laikipia County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha noted that scarce rainfall in the region has been the key cause of inter-community conflicts.

An estimated 20 per cent of Kenya’s population live in the dry areas. The Asals are among the least developed areas and have the highest poverty levels.

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