Nine ASAL counties trained on resilience and livelihoods programmes

Baringo Countybecame the host to eight Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) countieswhose officials were being trainedon best practices and practical approaches of building community resilience.

The officials mainly from Baringo, Wajir, Tana River, Marsabit, Samburu, Mandera, Isiolo, Turkana and Garissa counties underwent a four day workshop at Soy safari lodge in Marigat town where theywere taken through the roles and contribution of the county specific sustainable food systems strategies in both county and national development agenda through their County integrated development plans (CIDPs), sustainable development goals (SDGs), Big for agenda and Kenya’s vision 2030.

WFPAccording to Prof Bancy Mati, an expert on land and water management, food systems in counties have been threatened by pressure on land and natural resources due to increasing climate change hence it has come a time when targeted communities need to create and utilize productive climate assets in order to improve access to innovate risk management and financing tools.

Prof Mati who is also a lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)urged the participants to share their experiences and lessons on practical approaches for implanting prioritized county food systems.

Deputy governor H.E Jacob Chepkwony addressing officials from nine ASAL Counties during a training on resilience and livelihoods programmes.

Baringo deputy governor Jacob Chepkwony who officially opened the workshop lauded the programme saying that it will build synergy amongst the affected counties as well as creating a thought ways of addressing food security in a structured livelihood.

“We want to make our communities to appreciate themselves by finding the need to address lasting solutionto hunger in our respective regions,” said Chepkwony.

The Deputy governorencouraged farmers to move from the 19th century ways of farming and embrace modern technologies in order to realize sustainable productivity.

At the same time he challenged officials undertaking resilience programmes in the region to always provide quarterly reports on hunger situation to assist both the national and county governments as well as the financial partners have a status of the programme.

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