AfDB to accelerate implementation of drought resilience programme in Kenya

AfDB to accelerate implementation of drought resilience programme in Kenya

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it will work with partners to accelerate the implementation of the Drought Resilience Sustainable Livelihood Support Programme (DRSLP) not only in Kenya but across the Horn of Africa.

The announcement was made during World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, commemorated on June 17 every year. The event seeks to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.

Launched in 2013, Drought Resilience Sustainable Livelihood Support Programme (DRSLP) seeks to address the underlying causes of vulnerability in drought-prone areas, with particular emphasis on pastoralists and agro-pastoralists to promote disaster risk reduction, ecosystem rehabilitation and sustainable livelihood base transformational and developmental practices.

Other countries set to benefit from the move include Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, and Uganda, which are said to be the most climate-hazard prone and food insecure regions of the world.

Beyond land and water resources, the region is facing complex challenges in managing its environmental and renewable natural resources forests, fish, and the ecosystems on which they depend in a sustainable way.

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AfDB experts say the magnitude and severity of food insecurity resulting from extended droughts have reached unprecedented levels this year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta early this year pegged drought as a national disaster saying more coordinated support and assistance is urgently needed.

As a result of prolonged drought, a large proportion of the population in the affected countries is in need of food assistance, as families face limited access to food and income, together with low cereal and seed stocks, and low milk and meat production.

The African Development Bank has stated that it is committed to working with the international community to improve the living conditions of Africans who are displaced due to extreme climate conditions.

“The Bank has committed $24 billion (Sh2.5 trillion) towards agriculture in the next 10 years, with a sharp focus on food self-sufficiency and agricultural industrialization,” AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina said recently.

“The recent drought and famine facing some countries such as South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda deserve swift action, as 20 million face food insecurity and severe malnutrition. The Bank is taking action and is planning to deploy $1.1 billion (Sh113.6 billion), following Board approval, to address the crisis and ensure that drought does not lead to famine,” he added.

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