Gov’t embarks on food security program in ASAL areas

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The Kenyan government has embarked on an ambitious food security program in five northern Kenya counties that will cost 4.5 billion shillings. 

The project under the partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth Program with the US government, coincided with the opening of a 38 million shilling livestock market in Lodwar.

Kenya’s dry land, Arid and semi-Arid land make up more than 80 percent of the country.

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They are home to approximately 4 million pastoralists who constitute more than 10 percent of Kenya population.

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Most of the residents who live a nomadic lifestyle risk losing 90 percent’s of their livestock’s to drought.

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The Resilience and Economic Growth in the Arid Lands Accelerated Growth program aims to increase incomes and stimulate growth towards building more inclusive and competitive livestock value chains in the counties of Marsabit, Isiolo, Wajir, Turkana and Garissa.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec pledged to turn around the regions fortunes.

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Speaking during the launch of the 4.5 Billion food security and official opening of 38 million Lodwar livestock market in Turkana County they urged locals to tap into the sector.

At the same time they say the project is aimed at pushing for behavioral change and value addition in livestock farming.

 

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