The Walda Climate Adaptation project is part of the bigger strategy of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) on disaster risk management, aimed at addressing three key pillars namely; disaster risk reduction, food security and livelihood, as well as environment, which focuses on disaster preparedness, the chronic food insecurity in the country and climate change.
The project is funded by the Adaptation Fund for Kenya through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) with KRCS as the implementing partner. The project goal is to address the plight of the pastoralists who have over time been affected by the drought crisis. This will be done through the establishment of climate adaptive interventions in order to improve household food security.
Four boreholes have already been established, solar driven and fitted with drip irrigation method as a way of increasing water use efficiency for purposes of addressing longer term natural resource base use. The project will further empower the pastoralists with alternative livelihood so that in the event of pastoralism failure, they will have something to fall back to.
A total of 200 acres are under farming for Walda Project where 64 acres of land has been used for planting watermelons, butternuts and nurseries for onions and kales. Under the 64 acres of land, 12 acres are used for planting grass.
KRCS is looking into rain harvesting and setting up of dams to compliment the borehole water. The society is also looking at training and capacity building in irrigation and software that involves marketing, management and setting up of corporative society for the farmers. The county government continues to be supportive especially the Ministry of Agriculture, which provides tractor services and personnel.
“The Walda project will transform lives, especially of the surrounding residents and address the persistent issue of food insecurity. It is a productive venture for them to engage in and deal with challenges that threaten their livelihood such as drought,” said Elijah Muli, Head of Disaster Risk Management, KRCS.