The European Union will spend Sh655 million in boosting food production and improving the livelihoods of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in Baringo County.
Speaking during the launch of Baringo Resilience Initiative, EU ambassador Simon Mordue said they will work with the county government in ensuring the money is spent on the projects it is meant for.
He urged the county government to ensure every coin is accounted for.
Mordue said that the project will secure sustainable sources of income for pastoralists.
The initiative will be implemented in Tiaty, Baringo North, Baringo South and Mogotio sub-counties.
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“This will improve access to extension services and diversified system to mitigate the effects of climate change and building community resilience for the vulnerable populations,” he noted.
He added that Maoi abattoir which was funded by EU will improve the lives of over 300,000 livestock farmers as they now have a direct market for their livestock.
“We need to improve the quality of livestock and breeds and this is what the project is meant for,” he said.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa who was at the launch said the government will compensate locals affected by floods.
“We must embrace innovation to attain food and nutrition security in tackling climate change,” Wamalwa said. Governor Stanley Kiptis said the initiative will increase productivity in agriculture and livestock through disease and pest control programmes.