West Pokot to Benefit from IMARA Program

West Pokot County is set to among eight ASAL counties to benefit from Integrated Management of
Natural Resources for Resilience in Asals (IMARA) program aimed at improving livelihoods of
residents through alternative and diversified livelihoods.
The three-year program being funded by the Swedish government and implemented by World Vision
Kenya, will not only help residents manage their resources in a sustainable manner, but also
establish markets for locally produced products.
Speaking at the county headquarters during a courtesy call, Mr. Sanya Wandera- Market System
Technical Specialist for World Vision Kenya and lead for the IMARA program implementation team in
West Pokot, said the project’s goal is to increase resilience of marginalized communities to climate
shocks through collaboration with the county.
“ASAL counties remain the most affected by climate change and as such, there is need to ensure we
cushion these communities against these negative effects. This can be achieved by collaborating on
our programs,” said Wandera.
County Secretary John Karamunya said that the program is welcome and that the county will
continue to support and engage with partners to improve key value chains and ensure sustainable
use of resources.
Elizabeth Gichuki- Director for Resource Mobilization and Donor Coordination directorate applauded
the program, saying its implementation is timely in the county. She pointed out that West Pokot,
which is largely an agro-pastoral county, has been adversely affected by climate shocks leading to
loss of livelihoods.
She further urged other partners to embrace a collaborative approach in implementation of
programs aimed at improving livelihoods.
“World Vision has done tremendous work in West Pokot and we thank them. The impact of IMARA
program will be far reaching and the county will fully support it,” said Ms. Gichuki.
Her remarks were echoed by Musa Loriso who emphasized on the importance of the project
towards restoration of livelihoods in areas hard hit by climatic shocks.
“In 2019, the county experienced the worst kind of climate change resulting in land slides and
flooding, whose effects are still being felt to date.
The IMARA project set to be launched in March, will follow a stakeholder’s engagement with key
partners and technical officers from the county.
Present were county directors from Livestock, Water, Environment and Natural resources and
officials from World Vision Kenya IMARA Program implementation team.
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The county government led by CS John Karamunya and the director for Resource Mobilization and
Donor Coordination Elizabeth Gichuki, has received a team from World Vision Kenya ahead of
Integrated Management of Natural Resources for Resilience in Asals (IMARA) program’s official
launch in West Pokot County.

World Vision Kenya’s Market and System Technical Specialist Sanya Wandera seeks to increase
resilience of marginalized households and communities in 8 ASAL counties of Laikipia, Isiolo,
Samburu, Turkana, Narok, Marsabit, Elgeyo-Marakwet and West Pokot.
The four-year plan is set to be implemented in agro-pastoral areas in West Pokot that have been
hard hit by climate shocks.