Territorial approach to adaptation to climate change in North East Kenya

Territorial approach to adaptation to climate change in North East Kenya

Climate, Environment and Biodiversity


German Energy and Climate Fund (ECF)


2015 – 2019



Project Description


In the arid and semi-arid north of Kenya, about 65% of the population make their living from semi-nomadic livestock herding. The rural youth u/15 years, who make up about 45% of this population, have little training in agricultural practices or work along agro-based value chains.

Food security for the target group in Turkana and Marsabit counties is increasingly at risk. Causes are the lack of institutional capacities, alternative marketing structures and productive infrastructure, the effects of climate change and the increased competition by the growing population for the remaining natural resources. The situation is further complicated by the high risk of livestock rustling, the high level of formal and informal taxation, and the widespread distribution of emergency aid crippling the self-help ability and the openness to greater market orientation.

In addition, Pastoralists have little interest in modernizing their traditional economic system. Women are traditionally and structurally disadvantaged. They are increasingly giving up nomadic life, both for safety reasons and to enable their children to attend school.



Enhancing the adaptive capacity and strengthening the resilience to climate change of the county line ministries in Marsabit and Turkana. This improves livelihoods and incomes.

Consortium with IAK Agrar Consulting

General Information
Topics:Climate, Environment and Biodiversity
Client:German Energy and Climate Fund (ECF)
Service:Develop conflict-sensitive and sustainable management of watering places and pasture through participatory forums with pastoral organisations and traditional institutions; design an operational framework for regulation of conflicts.
1. Strategic municipal development planning;
2. Human Resource Management
3. Municipal development
4. Modernization of civil registry
5. Improved internal management of the local government, through the use of manuals and auto-evaluation
6. Increasing tax revenues
7. Realistic and transparent budget management
Promote yield and income of agricultural production and of adaptation strategies that reduce yield variability under climate variability, focusing on efficient irrigation and cultivation techniques for the agro pastoralists. Mobile Vocational Training in remote areas for rural productions, markets and business development.

Improve and increase the value and quality of local small-scale fish production, strengthening of Beach Management Units, development of facilities at fish landing sites for processing fish.

Design livestock marketing structures and market infrastructure are to improve pastoral enterprises; maintenance and management of hygienic market access and development; flow of financial resources for agribusiness.