KCDP to create employment opportunities in move to alleviate poverty

 

The Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP) has unveiled plans to create job opportunities and eradicate poverty as it supplements the government’s efforts to transform livelihoods of people in the coastal region.

Through its project, KCDP will allow the government to bring key research to communities, provide access to new aquaculture techniques and plant adequate tree species to fit the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.

This comes following a research, which reveals that coastal Kenya is the least-developed region in the country with more than 62 per cent living below the poverty line, and most relying on the coastal ecosystem for employment, livelihood and nutrition.

World Bank Country Director, Diarietou Gaye has said KCDP, which is supported by the World Bank and Global Environment Facility, is helping the government at national, county and local levels take action to sustainably manage the resources and transform the livelihoods of the coastal population.

“The World Bank is delighted to be the key investor in the Kenya Coastal Development Project, and to have helped many of Kenya’s fishermen. This work is ongoing and as it moves forward, it contributes to employment and food security among the communities along the coast. It is also an ingredient in the effort to build resilience against the impacts of climate change on the coastal environment and population,” said Gaye.

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy Bett said the country is pushing for a follow-up fisheries project that will fast-track benefit to targeted community.

“We have witnessed the impact of KCDP interventions and its success in improving the management of Kenya’s coastal and marine resources, enhancing community livelihoods and generating revenue in the fisheries sector,” said Willy Bett.

“The fisheries sector and related activities are a key pillar of Kenya’s blue economy,” said Magda Lovei, Practice Manager, World Bank. “However, its long-term wealth creation depends on coastal population’s ability to keep a balance between the protection and exploitation of this valuable resource.”

Under the HMP Program, Vulnerable Marginalized Groups in the poorest coastal counties of Kwale, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu and the outskirts of Mombasa are given access to basic social services to improve their living conditions.

“The project interventions have extended from the terrestrial zones to the intertidal areas of the coast,” said Professor Micheni Japhet Ntiba, CBS, Principal Secretary, State Department of Fisheries and Blue Economy.

 

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