Wednesday, September 19, 2018

28th Nov, 2016

Participants of a Stakeholder Workshop on Sustainable Land Management held in Naivasha. Seated in the Middle (with a scarf) is Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia

Participants of a Stakeholder Workshop on Sustainable Land Management held in Naivasha. Seated in the Middle (with a scarf) is Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia

The Ministry organized a stakeholders’ workshop for County Executive Committee (CECs) members in charge of Environment, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Water, Land, Trade and Energy from all Counties to develop a framework for coordination of Sustainable Land Management and investment in the country.

The workshop which was officially opened by the Environment Secretary, Dr. Alice Kaudia, on behalf the Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli was organized by the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Sustainable Land Management Project (KAPSLMP).

 In her address, Dr. Kaudia acknowledged the importance of the new governance structure in the country stating that it was now easier to cascade projects to the ground and carry out duties in a more organized manner. She stated that the Ministry was very delighted to have an opportunity to discuss the achievements of KAPSLM project with County policy makers and called on County Governments to support the project as the products generated will be valueless if not implemented at the county level.

Mr. Malik Aman, the Project’s Component Manager said the workshops’ objective was to mainstream sustainable land management in the County Integrated Development Plans and incorporate feedback from stakeholders in the strategic investment framework for purposes of ownership going forward.

Dr. John Chumo, the CEC member for Environment for Nandi County and Chair, Caucus for CEC Members for Environment, Water, Land and Mining said that members discussed and agreed on appropriate ways to integrate best agricultural practices in land management and economic production without compromising the state of the environment. Participants also developed strategies that champion enough food production, use of mixed farming methods, building barriers and terraces to stop soil erosion, and practicing rotational farming to address soil acidity and reduce degradation challenges among other approaches.

‘Agriculture is a devolved function and therefore county governments are major stakeholders in implementing best practices that would transform the sector’, noted Dr. Chumo who decried poor enforcement of legislations, bad attitude, corruption and resistance to change as the most critical impediments to a successful and flourishing agricultural sector in the country.

At the end of the workshop, members agreed that implementation is critical and the complete report to be shared with stakeholders and donors for support.

KAPSLMP is a Government of Kenya project funded by GEF through the World Bank. It started November, 2010 and is supposed to end in December, 2016.

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