Arid and Semi-Arid Lands

Restoration Of The Arid And Semi Arid Lands by;

1. Enhance the resilience of communities and the sustainability of rural livelihoods threatened by climate change in the arid and semi-arid lands
2. Enhanced access to and management of water for irrigation, promotion of indigenous crops that more resilient to anticipated climate
3. Improved access to markets for these crops  
4. Promoting livestock varieties that are more suited to the climate, development and
5. Promotion of alternative livelihood opportunities
6. Strengthening climate risk management and knowledge related to the natural resource base
7. Provide information about climate change in language relevant to farmers

The lands

The Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya make up to 89% of the country, covering 29 counties and a population of about 16 million people. For decades, these areas were marginalized, seen as unproductive, with news on cattle rustling, drought, insecurity and poverty hiding the great potential of the region especially in renewable energy sector, tourism and livestock production.

Activities by Dream Team

Converting Invasive Mesquite Weed to Biochar:
The invasive weed, locally known as Mathenge, is responsible for the decline of important plant species that animals feed on. It is blamed for its encroachment into the ecosystem and water sources and for its role in the deaths of goats whose teeth fall off after feeding on it.Pastoralists are now be able to make tonnes of biochar from it in an initiative meant to rid the region of the weed, help heal the soil, and earn them money to spin their livelihoods.

Locust eradication:
The teams are facilitated with smartphones used in surveillance and sending the data to the disaster management team. Elocust3m app survey report captures the following data; GPS location, locust type, hoppers instars, estimated area infested, control operation undertaken and also allows one to share pictures and videos.PlantVillage locust team is working closely with experts and local Community communities to respond rapidly in the fight against locust.

Capacity Building: Enhancing community knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practices necessary to drive and sustain the initiatives supported.

Research & adapt

Our team continuously researches new ways and technologies to help farmers towards adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

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