Appeals & Response Plans
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2018
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
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This report examines gender and climate change in relation to efforts to support climate compatible development, a policy goal that aims to integrate and draw synergies between adaptation, mitigation and development. The report’s focus is a case study of Kisumu, Kenya, drawing lessons from the five-year project People’s Plans into Practice (PPP): Building Productive and Liveable Settlements with Slum Dwellers in Kisumu and Kitale.
The recommendations provided in this report include (p. 35):
This brief is based on a research project carried out by Practical Action Consulting with support from the Institute of Development Studies, commissioned by and supported by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), to provide evidence on the advantages and challenges of integrating a gender dimension into climate compatible development strategies in urban settings, with a focus on Peru, India and Kenya.
The question of 'what changes do we need to empower women smallholders and achieve food security?' has been asked repeatedly. But transformational changes in both public policy and practice have been few and far between, although increasing access to resources and opportunities for women farmers could substantially reduce the number of hungry people in the world.
The current drought in Turkana County, in north western Kenya, has become a matter of life and death for children and families across the region. The region and the Greater Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought in 60 years according to the United Nations. More than 3.5 million people are already affected. The number is rising and the country’s response is not keeping pace.
I had an opportunity to travel with a consultant to evaluate a drought mitigation project that had been implemented in Kapuus in Turkana County. The group, who happened to be the beneficiaries of the project, was asked a question I will never forget.
“From now on there is no more aid coming. What will you do?”
Kenya is experiencing a prolonged drought. Lack of rain earlier in the year has caused crops to fail. The humanitarian consequences of the prolonged drought being experienced in most arid and semiarid areas have increased since the onset of what climatologists refer to as La nina. This has greatly reduced water, pasture and food in most areas in northern Kenya. Mandera and Turkana, where we work, have been negatively affected in recent months. Cattle herders are struggling to keep their herds alive.
Life in Northern Kenya is gruelling. Water is incredibly scarce, and this is made worse by appalling periods of drought - which seem to last longer and longer with every passing year. And yet high above us, there is one natural resource in abundance - the sun's rays, which beat down, day after day, week after week.
The desperate need for water means Eshe, and thousands like her, spend each day digging for mere handfuls of dirty, polluted water - often from the bottom of dangerous hand-dug wells. Drinking this water often made Eshe and her family sick.
In Kenya successive years of low rainfall have resulted in a worsening food situation - crops have failed and livestock died.
Beginning in 2006, and building on the experience and strengths of previous programmes, Practical Action initiated a series of projects aimed at promoting peace and improving drought preparedness among communities in north-western Kenya and neighbouring regions.
The Karamoja Cluster in Eastern Africa
The Karamoja cluster refers to an area of land that straddles the borders between south-western Ethiopia, north-western Kenya, south-eastern Sudan and north-eastern Uganda. The area is populated by 14 pastoralist tribes who share a common language, culture and way of life.