The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in partnership with World Bank has launched the Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project in efforts to increase agricultural productivity, build resilience to climate change risks in the targeted smallholder farming and pastoral communities, and in case of eligible crisis, provide an immediate and effective response.
The project focusing on 24 counties in Arid and Semi-arid areas is expected to strengthen the meteorological department forecasting and enhance the agricultural sector resilience to climate shocks such as drought.
The project includes five components, the first component being upscaling climate-smart agricultural practices. The second component is the strengthening of climate-smart agricultural research and seed systems. The third component is the supporting agro-weather, market, climate, and advisory services.
The fourth component is the project coordination and management at national and county level. Finally, the fifth component is the contingency emergency response in case of natural or man-made crises or disasters, severe economic shocks, or other crises and emergencies in Kenya.
In October 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation launched the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Implementation Framework 2018-2027. The framework sets guidelines for implementing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approaches, strategies, practices and technologies in Kenya. It aims to promote climate-resilient and low-carbon growth in sustainable agriculture that ensures food security and contributes to national development goals.
The framework was produced by MoALF&I in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry with support from the Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans project (NAP-Ag), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
The CSA Implementation Framework is well aligned with Kenya’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and the National Climate Change Action Plan 2018-2022 and will support the implementation of the adaptation and mitigation components of the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).
World Bank. 2017. Kenya – Climate Smart Agriculture Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/440241486868444705/Kenya-Climate-Smart-Agriculture-Project