Donor engagements and support always plays an important role in the development of the community.
Various delegates led by Gabriel Rugalima- FAO Country Representative, Bicile Nukarubuga of UN Women and Soyem Shin of Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) met with Governor Lonyangapuo at his office in Kapenguria.
The delegations were in the county to discuss, brief and highlight issues related to self-reliance in women and empowering them to realize economic benefits of agriculture, climate change and improved nutrition. Consequently, areas of collaboration were also discussed where peace, education and trade stood out as the key subjects.
Mr Gabriel Rugalema said that this is the start of a journey of self-reliance in West Pokot since the role of women in development is coming up tremendously. “The partnership done by the county government and other partners is meant to help women and other vulnerable groups in the county.” He said.
Ms. Bicile Nukarubuga mentioned the role of women in peace and security and joining FAO in looking at how women can be empowered so that instead of providing unpaid labour in agriculture they can work for themselves to boost the economy. Ms Soyem Shin spoke on her part stated that the Korean government is working to strengthen countries while dealing with climate change issue, ways to acknowledge and address it.
Governor Prof. Lonyangapuo stressed the matter of community inclusivity that has for a long time been bypassed when dealing with the community programs and projects. He appreciated the efforts and support given by the partners in developing program and projects that directly empower the people of West Pokot most especially women. “we need to challenge ourselves and hold hands in building our people to build themselves socio-economically” he said.
The meeting saw CECs including Augustine Monges (public works and roads), Emilly Chepoghisyo (water), Francis Kitelauyan (Lands), Ruth Kisabit (tourism and culture), Joel Ngasia (agriculture), Cos from various departments, directors and other county officials.