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ADS Pwani implements Sh120m project to counter climate change effects

ADS Pwani implements Sh120m project to counter climate change effects


Thursday, March 14, 2024

KNA by Cynthia Maseno and Jackson Msanzu

Anglican Development Services (ADS)-Pwani in partnership with Kilifi County Government and Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) is implementing a climate change resiliency project aimed at mitigating the impacts of climate change in the county.

The project named ‘Promoting Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience’ is implemented in Ganze Sub County, one of the most affected areas by the adverse climate change.

Speaking to the media during a stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday in Kilifi town, ADS Pwani’s Executive Director James Munga revealed that the project would spend over Sh120 million to help and empower 5,000 households through various programmes including provision of water and other necessities.

“Ganze is one of the areas in Kilifi that has been repeatedly impacted by droughts and occasional floods. Despite these challenges, we believe that by empowering communities, we can enhance their resilience throughout all seasons,” stated Munga.

Munga further revealed that the programme they would undertake includes the construction and rehabilitation of water pans, enhancement of agricultural practices for both livestock and crop farming and provision of nutritional assistance to beneficiaries.

“Water scarcity is a significant concern in Ganze; residents heavily rely on surface run-off water, necessitating long journeys for access. As part of this project, we aim to rehabilitate at least five water pans to bring water closer to the community,” he explained.

“We also intend to provide farmers with drought-tolerant seeds and train them in modern agricultural techniques suitable for producing such crops,” he added.Munga emphasized the close collaboration with relevant county government departments to ensure effective project implementation and technical support on the ground.

Kilifi County Director for Special Programs and Disaster Management Collins Mwahendo applauded the initiative, highlighting its significance to the county government’s efforts in supporting areas affected by severe climatic conditions.

“We are pleased to be part of this initiative and are ready to collaborate with ADS Pwani and other stakeholders to develop programmes that positively impact the people of Kilifi,” remarked Mwahendo.

ADS Pwani also engaged the County Steering Group members to identify other organizations undertaking similar interventions in Ganze sub-county to avoid duplication of activities.

Courtesy; KNA

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