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.