Integrated Climate Resilience and Governance Project in lower eastern

Partner-DFiD_ Christian Aid

Timeline-2011-2016

The integrated approach in disaster risk reduction in lower eastern was a 6-year project aimed at improving the capacities and livelihoods of the targeted people through an integrated approach that makes them more resilient to the effects of hazards. The project was implemented in Kitui and Makueni counties through Community Based Organizations by the ADS Eastern in partnership with Christian Aid between 2011 and 2017. The project has built environmentally sustainable productive capacities of the targeted communities and beyond by improving their adaptation strategies to climate change and environmental impact mitigation strategies. This was achieved through improving the knowledge and capacity gaps among the community to make them more capable in managing the risks/hazards that affect them. The strengthening of advocacy platforms of the community to influence planning so that their interventions may be addressed and supported. Drought mitigation measures were put in place like Water harvesting through appropriate technologies such as construction of sand dams, water distribution systems so as to increase water accessibility by the community for domestic, livestock and for small scale irrigation for crop production. To improve on farming practices, dry land farming methods were promoted through establishment of demonstration plots/field school farms for drought tolerant seed varieties where the farmer groups will be trained on general crop husbandry, soil nutrition and fertility, and Integrated Pest Management. Climate and weather information dissemination of the seasonal forecasts were strengthened to enable farmers make informed decisions of the crops to be planted and livelihoods diversification strategies based on the weekly, monthly and seasonal forecasts. To reduce over reliance on rain fed agriculture, different technologies were promoted with the different farmers to enhance diversification and production throughout the year. Low head drip irrigation was promoted to enhance water efficiency in places where farmers practiced micro-irrigation. Increased adoption of these technologies led to diversification of production systems which provide a safety net to the farmers when rains fail to be reliable. It further reduces the overreliance on rain fed agriculture and acts as an income generating activity due to the increased demand for the indigenous poultry. Natural Resource Management (NRM) interventions were embraced through Agro-forestry, biodiversity conservation through establishment of tree nurseries and strengthening the existing ones.

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Integrated Climate Resilience and Governance Project in lower eastern

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