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Review and Analysis of Existing Drought Risk Reduction Policies and Programmes in Kenya

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Type of Publication:
Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Climate / Weather / Environment
Type of Risk:
Natural disasters
Policy & institutional
Type of Risk Managment Option:
Risk reduction/mitigation
The Republic of Kenya
The Republic of Keny

A draft National Disaster Management Policy / Strategy for Kenya and a draft Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) Development Policy have been formulated and are in final stages towards review / adoption by the National Assembly / Parliament. Its objective is to lay a firm foundation to sustain community resilience to disasters event that are adversely affecting development gains in the country. It sets a foundation for an integrated, multi-hazard, all inclusive approach to address vulnerability, risk assessment, disaster risk reduction and management. It is also aimed at giving guidance on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in development planning and project implementation.

Best practices on drought risk reduction initiatives include community based approach in natural resources management and drought management; food security projects; livestock health and marketing; demand driven extension for improved agricultural and livestock productivity; community based sustainable land management and income generating activities among others. Lessons learned range from drought prevention, preparedness to traditional drought coping mechanisms and the key roles of women an youth in drought management.