KENYAN NGO MOVES TO MITIGATE EFFECTS OF DROUGHT IN TURKANA COUNTY

NAIROBI, The Turkana Pastoralist Development Organization (TUPADO), a Kenyan non-governmental organization (NGO), and its partner, Agrovet Germany, have initiated measures to mitigate the effects of a crippling drought on residents of Turkana West sub-county in the far northwestern corner of the country.

More than 500 animals were bought from pastoralists in the Natiira and Nanam areas of the sub-country under an off-take programme to aid in restocking of animals slaughtered by the community and redistributed back to the community as relief food.

The Tupado project co-ordinator, Sammy Ekal, says the NGO and its German partner had put more focus on Nanam and Natiira because the two areas were the most affected by the drought after the herdsmen lost many animals to the drought, leaving the communities in abject poverty.

Under the drought mitigation programme, Tupado and its partners are also involved in a cash transfer programme targeting the most vulnerable families who lost all their animals to drought, or had no livestock at all.

The restocking programme and the cash transfer by Tupado and its German partner will continue in Turkana West until the situation improves with the two NGOs having set a target to buy more than 10,000 animals for distribution to the pastoralists.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK