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Stakeholders toured programs to help affected communities recover. [Bakari Ang'ela, Standard]

Stakeholders involved in drought response have agreed to strengthen coordination in response to the current drought and programs to help affected communities recover.

Ministry of East Africa Community and Regional Development Secretary Maria Cherono, who represented Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Miano, read the CS's speech.

In the speech, Miano commended counties and development partners for their collaboration to address drought and implement programmes.

She stated that the national government had prioritised water development to address the shortage of water for domestic use, livestock, and irrigation.

Governor Lelelit urged partners to support counties in recovery efforts in the short term and to help build the resilience of communities in the long term.

Cheboi called on all stakeholders to work together with governments to avoid project duplication of drought mitigation approaches.

Ms Nilofer said it will take at least a year for families that have been affected by the drought to stabilise, and called for more support to communities battling drought.

"I would urge international donors to continue this life-saving support until we have built long-term resilience, and all children in Kenya are out of the danger zone," she added.