KENYA: In Gatundu North, 20 tanks supply agricultural farms
The new water installations were put into operation on June 5e, 2021 by the Kenyan authorities. The water reservoirs are located in the Gatundu North sub-county. They will improve the water supply for irrigation. In Gatundu North, as in the rest of the country, drought causes water stress and degradation of agricultural land.
The new tanks store rainwater. This water will be mainly used during the dry season. The installation of these water retention structures is part of the Sustainable Land Management (GDT) project. The initiative is co-funded by the Kenyan government and the World Bank through the International Development Association (IDA).
According to the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, 120 additional reservoirs will be built in Kiambu County to provide water to farmers in Gatundu South, Lari, Limuru and Kikuyu. The TDM project will be rolled out to 20 more counties in Kenya.
Promote food security
Kenya drought damage is increasing. Some 20 of East Africa’s 47 counties are already on alert. This situation affects more than a million people in a situation of food insecurity.
In Kenya, the central government is funding another KSh 3.3 billion (over $ 30.3 million) irrigation project. In phase I of this project, the Coast Development Authority set up irrigation systems for 100 smallholder farmers in the communities of Nakuruto and Challa. The coastal counties of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu and Tana River will follow.
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Farmers in these counties should increase their agricultural production (bananas, corn, beans, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, onions and Brussels sprouts), thus improving food security in these arid localities.