Drought management in the drylands of Kenya: what have we learned?

King-Okumu, Caroline; Orindi, Victor A.; Lekalkuli, Lordman. 2019 Drought management in the drylands of Kenya: what have we learned? In: Mapedza, Everisto; Tsegai, Daniel; Bruntrup, Michael; McLeman, Robert, (eds.) Current directions in water scarcity research. Vol. 2, Drought challenges: policy options for developing countries. Amsterdam, Elsevier, 277-294.

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The countries of the Horn of Africa face shared regional challenges to enhance proactive management of drought hazards. These include financing challenges to reduce reliance on emergency relief aid, as well as needs to enhance the use of information to trigger interventions and learn from implementation experiences. This chapter reflects on a decade of experience gained in building institutional capacity for drought management and preparedness in the Kenyan arid lands during 2008–18. It reviews lessons learned and their significance for the wider region. It concludes that to end drought emergencies by 2022 will require the use of participatory scientific methods and capacities to monitor, model, and manage the hydrological systems in the arid and semi-arid lands. This is needed urgently as growing economic water demand and extractions may already exceed predicted increases in precipitation and the costs of hydrological droughts are increasing.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Business Development and Engagement
ISBN: 9780128148204
Additional Keywords: contingency fund, drought risk management, decision-support, early warning systems, Horn of Africa, institution-building, learning and evidence, National Drought Management Authority
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Agriculture and Soil Science
Date made live: 27 Mar 2020 18:08 +0 (UTC)

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