By Nancy Omolo

The farmers field day took place at Esther Njogu Ngariama’s farm in Mukangu Village, Manyatta sub-County, Embu County on the 16 June 2016. The event was organized by ECLOF Kenya, a microfinance institution and its partners Sustainet EA, Shedwin Agribusiness Consultants and Superior Highland Dairy. This project is funded under FICCF climate smart agriculture (CSA) initiative.

The aim of the event was to promote climate smart dairy farming which facilitates farmers to improve herd quality and increase milk yield per cow. It also encourages farmers to shift towards zero grazing; promotes low emission feed production and nutrition; weather information to inform the farmer on fodder planting and bulking, water harvesting, loan finances for purchasing animal, farming inputs and assets.

Farmers had the opportunity to witness dairy farming at its best and learn from those who are leading in dairy production. More importantly, this opportunity sought to enable farmers to bench-mark and develop interest and ultimately push them to “seriously” engage in dairy farming as an income generating activity.

On farm, consultants from Sustainet EA led farmers through a series of demonstration plots established earlier during the year. The demonstration plots consisted of various essential and alternative protein fodder crops vital in dairy farming and more importantly in milk production.

     

 

By Nancy Omolo

The Adaptation (ADA) consortium is a core component of the National Drought Management Authority strategy and funded within the Strengthening Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change in Kenya plus (StARCK+) programme. The aim of the Adaptation Consortium is to pilot climate change adaptation planning approaches to enhance climate resilience in five Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) counties (Garissa, Isiolo, Kitui, Makueni and Wajir) that, if successful, will be replicated in other ASAL counties and beyond. The consortium consist of Christian Aid working with ADSEastern in Kitui and Makueni, International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) working with Resource Advocacy Programme (RAP) in Isiolo, WomanKind Kenya in Garissa, and Arid Lands Development Focus (ALDEF) in Wajiir, Met Office (UK) and the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD).

Due to its collaborative nature, Ada was awarded the “Outstanding International Collaboration” category of the British Expertise International Awards in April, 2015.

On 18th May 2016, DFID team led by Ian Mills, the Team Leader, Sustainable Economic Develop Section of DFID Kenya and Ada team coordinated by Victor Orindi met with the Governor of Makueni Prof. Kivutha Kibwana at his office to discuss the County Climate Change Fund (CC CF). The Governor reiterated that the County Government of Makueni will integrate adaptation planning in its work. He used the opportunity to share with the team a hard copy of “Makueni County Climate Change Fund Regulation, 2015.”

See: http://www.adaconsortium.org

FICCF through their Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Component are currently piloting a private sector approach to climate finance in Kenya. FICCF CSA project has reached 40,000 people spread across 12 counties in Kenya with over GBP 900,000 spent through MFIs.The CSA programmme works in the following value chains: Dairy Value Chain, Cassava  value chain and Chicken value chain. 

FICCF works with the following MFIs: ECLOF Kenya, Inuka Africa Limited, Rafiki Micro Finance Bank and Centuary Micro Finance Limited. Mobile wallet through the phones have been very useful in moving money under this programme.

Geoffrey Omedo of UNDP elaborated on the UN-Joint work being supported by DFID.

 These are some of the programmes that UNDP is implementing under StARCK+:

  • Supporting counties to mainstream climate change in their CIDPs through the CIDP indicator handbook.
  • Climate finance: UNDP has completed the Climate Change Public Expenditure and Budget Review (CPEBR).
  • Developed a charcoal NAMA for Kenya which is being considered for submission to the NAMA facility.
  • Developed and implemented sustainable charcoal production technologies in Taita and Kwale Counties.
  • Are working on charcoal eco-labelling for sustainable charcoal value chains
  • Supporting KEREA with clean energy platform (USSD).

By Jasmin Cantzler, Climate Analytics blog 

This weekend, the presidents of the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas polluters, China and the US, ratified the Paris Agreement.

Xi Jinping and Barack Obama’s ratification, ahead of the G20 meeting in China, shows that the momentum to address climate change is strong as ever, making the possibility of the Paris Agreement’s entry into force by the end of this year or early next ever more likely. 

On the 12th of December 2015, the plenary halls at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris erupted in standing ovations, tears and cheers – a turmoil of emotions of relief and euphoria.

Source: http://www.environment.go.ke/?cat=1&paged=2

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment Mr. Charles Sunkuli has said there is need for development partners to support capacity building in specialized areas like climate change, if Kenya is to achieve progress in fighting the adversities that comes with climate change.

He spoke as he received representatives of Department of International Development (DFID) who paid him a courtesy call and updated him on programmes under them that needs streamlining. The PS lauded DFID for the role they’ve played over the years to strengthen the country’s resilience to climate change and assured them of the government’s continued commitment and support.

Takaful Insurance of Africa (TIA) has partnered with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to develop the first ever shariah compliant Index Base Livestock Insurance (IBLI) product. Sharia compliant IBLI funding commitment is at US$1,469,100. IBLI is the first insurance policy that combines an Islamic compliant financial instrument with innovative use of satellite imagery to compensate pastoralists for drought induced losses.

Community run small-scale water systems play a critical role in supplying water to consumers in the peri-urban and rural areas of Kenya; it is a fact that existing methods for dealing with maintenance, repairs and replacement of water piping are often failing, mostly due to poor financial and organizational management and poor revenue collection. To address these challenges, solutions that seek to make water easily accessible and affordable to consumers are needed.

Maji Milele Limited, a Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) client has developed a business model that addresses these challenges and makes maintenance and collection of revenues much easier. Funded to a tune of USD 300,000 under the REACT 3 window of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), the company is using pre-paid water meters to deliver locally appropriate solutions for rural water points, a solution which is both convenient for water service providers and consumers alike.

Thanks to the support of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and through FICCF/DFID funding, the Kenyan Renewable Energy Industry has now developed guidelines detailing the best practices for the design and installation of Solar PV systems. The three systems include; Stand-alone PV systems, grid-connected PV systems and Hybrid Power systems (comprising Solar PV systems, and Diesel (or other fuel) generators.

Communities as well as stakeholders in environment and natural resources have often paid much attention to the negative effects of climate change without taking into consideration the opportunities that are sometimes presented by this phenomenon.

In Nyandarua and Laikipia counties, Tree Is Life Trust (TILT), a Nyahururu community based organization with support from ACT’s Changieni Rasili Mali facility, is promoting appropriate technologies aimed at adapting to the effects of climate change. Such technologies include the use of integrated chick rearing energy saving cook stoves made from locally available raw materials like sticks, sand and soil and smeared with ash that have become popular among the farmers. The system has a feeding chamber where chicks stay throughout the day and a resting chamber for the night, with the heat coming from the stove providing the chicks with much needed heat.

Charcoal Producers demonstrate how a portable metal kiln is used.


Charcoal is the key source of domestic energy in Kenya for every 1 in 2 households in urban areas and every 1 in 3 households in the rural areas. Approximately 1 million people are employed in the charcoal industry with over double the number of dependents. It is on this background that UNDP in partnership with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) has been training charcoal producers in charcoal producing counties to adopt new technologies that in addition to conserving the environment are cheap and easy to implement.

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