Our Focus on Climate Change

The Opportunity

Climate change is impacting almost all sectors of Kenya’s economy either directly or indirectly.
  • Drought
  • Others

The direct long-term loss due to floods and drought

The direct long-term loss due to floods and drought in Kenya are estimated at 2.4% of GDP.

Effects Of Climate Change

Climate change also limits the viability of livelihood resources such as land, compromises infrastructure development, and lowers productivity, all in the face of rapid population increase.

Due To The 2017 - 2018 Droughts

3.4 million Kenyans were left food insecure

A 5.3% rise in livestock sales occurred, to avoid death of the animals through hunger and thirst.

Over 500,000 Kenyans were left without access to water.

The Government of Kenya has developed action plans to guide the mainstreaming of climate change into sector functions, i.e. the NCCAP 2018-2022. There is also increasing global and regional support for climate-smart interventions.

KMT’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Our climate change adaptation strategy revolves around the promotion and support of innovative adaptation options that address climatic risks along the livestock, agricultural inputs, and water value chains.

This contributes to sustainable market development, improved agricultural productivity and food and nutrition security in Kenya. These innovative options cut across from practical activities e.g. adoption of solar water pumping for utilities, to research for policy influence, such as providing evidence on contribution of climate change to sectors to inform county and national strategies on the same, especially activities to be prioritised for resilience creation.

Key Successes To Date

Climate Change Adaptation

The implementation of climate change adaptation in ASALs research projects in Kenya from 2015 to 2018 on four thematic areas: migration, land tenure changes, private sector investment and beef value chain.

County Governments Interventions

Recommendations informed project County Governments needed to develop their five-year development strategies for the 2018-2022 period, e.g. Narok County Integrated Development Plan and Kajiado County Spatial Plan.

Policy Development

Contribution and participation in development of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP 2018-2020) – coordinated by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry – and the National Wildlife Conservation and Management Strategy (NWCMS) under the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.

Being climate Smart

Validation of internal sector interventions as to being climate smart, e.g. use of lime, adoption of commercial fodder and solar water pumping for utilities.

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A Dawn of a New Chapter for Kenya Markets Trust

After years of successfully working together as partners with a shared mission of transforming sectors in East Africa, Gatsby Africa, Kenya Markets Trust and Msingi East Africa have decided to integrate and become one entity as of April 01, 2022.

The new integrated entity will be called Gatsby Africa – a philanthropic entity of Lord David Sainsbury and will operate across six sectors in East Africa – Commercial Forestry, Aquaculture, Textiles and Apparel, Livestock, Agricultural Inputs, and Water.

We believe that the ambition and vision of the new organisation, coupled with the breadth of our portfolio, puts us in a strong position to deliver a meaningful level of impact for millions of people in the East African region. It equally strengthens our ability to generate and share our learning with others.

Coming together allows us to leverage the strengths of the three organisations, brings efficiency to how we work, and ensures we have a greater impact in our work.

What does this mean for the work that we have been passionately championing over the years? There will be no changes to the focus and modalities of how we work or our shared commitments – our three existing programmes will continue to operate in the same way they have always done.

We will be launching the new integrated Gatsby Africa organisation on April 01, 2022. By mid-April, we will share with you a link to our new website and official social media handles. However, we will retain our current website for a minimum period of six months, so that our knowledge materials are available to you. We shall be moving these over to our new website so that nothing will be lost.

As an organisation, we are excited about the opportunities that this integration brings for our people, partners and the sectors we work in. We are humbled by the collaboration and good working relationship we have had with all our different stakeholders and look forward to continuing working with you in the new organisation.