GROUP BENEFIT FROM KOICA FUNDING
22 business and
savings groups from Riwo and Batei wards are set to benefit from 176 Dorper
sheep and Galla goats as support from the Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) in partnership with UN Women and the county government of West Pokot.
The four-year Korean International Cooperation Agency(KOICA)-funded project, seeks to strengthen women’s capacity to meaningfully engage in Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in three ASAL counties of West Pokot, Laikipia and Kitui, as well as realize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that focus on gender equity, no poverty, climate action, zero hunger, and national and county aspirations.
Speaking on behalf of the governor at Nasukuta Export Abattoir in Chepareria, CECM Dr. Evans Menach, who is in charge of Agriculture and Livestock said the project has come in handy to support the county’s efforts in fast-tracking implementation of multi-million Nasukuta project which will catapult livestock production and improve livelihoods.
He further said the adoption of climate smart agriculture will subsequently enhance the community’s resilience to climate change and reduce poverty.
Representing FAO in Kapenguria, Brian Cherutich echoed the CECM’s sentiments and reiterated that the project will promote the technical know-how of farmers, unlock market-driven value chains for women and improve access to agribusiness.
Monica Lodepa and Lomuny Lokeris from Riwo and Batei wards hailed the project as life-transforming and vowed to see it to fruition and contribute to the livestock development and export market.
Agricultural production remains the main source of income for rural county residents and the increased risk of climate change poses a major threat to food security and poverty reduction. Climate Smart Agriculture will be one of the key mitigating measures for climate change reduction.
Dr. Samuel Chelimo - County Director, Veterinary Services, and Paul Loruchong’or - Director, Livestock Production were present.