30th March, 2017
The country is facing severe drought as a result of climate change and there is urgent need for appropriate strategies to mitigate the effects.
As the source of scientifically authenticated analysed data and information, Kenya Meteorological Department plays a crucial role in ensuring the public has the necessary Early Warning information to make timely and well informed decisions.
Principal Secretary for Environment Charles Sunkuli said this today when he officially opened a Stakeholders workshop of the Kenya Meteorological Department’s Quality Service Improvement Program Program (QSIP) in Nairobi. This program is among the many efforts being undertaken by the department to improve service delivery.
‘One of the challenges facing Kenyans, and humankind is climate change. Kenya Meteorological Department is assessed on a daily basis as the weather forecasts it issues daily, impact on the day-to-day activities’, said Sunkuli.
Kenya Meteorological Department in conjunction with USAID PREPARED Project has undertaken a survey to determine the needs of the public, its strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities available in ensuring efficiency in service delivery.
The USAID PREPARED Project has been working with KMD to develop products that are crucial for Agricultural Insurance, provision of agro-weather information for the Government sponsored Area Yield Insurance Index programme, which is now being implemented in ten Counties across the country.
QSIP has five phases of implementation and that the first two phases namely: Vision and Values; and Service Audit have successfully been implemented.
The workshop is part of the implementation of Phase III that deals with Service Improvement Planning and Implementation. The results of the survey will inform the development of an Action Plan to address the gaps identified.
Participants were drawn from UNEP, USAID, Central Bank, and national and county government officials.