Claire Nasike, Greenpeace Africa’s Food for Life Campaigner, has applauded the Kitui County government for endorsing a law that will see its 1% annual budget driven towards climate change adaptation.
“Greenpeace Africa commends the move by the Kitui county government to help vulnerable communities adapt to adverse weather patterns caused by climate change,” said madam Nasike.
With the county’s budget this financial year (2018/19) standing at Sh11.7 billion, it means the county will spend at least Sh117 million in climate change initiatives. This will ensure that farmers build resilience against future weather shocks.
The effects of climate change have negatively impacted agricultural productivity in Kitui County, hence increasing temperatures and causing unpredictable rainfall patterns that have significantly reduced crop yields.
With high expectation from such initiative that will lead to increased productivity and reverse the cycle of dependency on food aid, Greenpeace Africa urges the county government to ensure small scale farmers who are always affected most by the impacts of climate change such as drought have access to the funds to help them purchase indigenous drought resistant seeds and other organic farm inputs.
This will not only help fight the climate change but also empower them economically while preserving the environment using organic farming.