Climate change in Kenya: The cycle of Drought and floods

The cycle is droughts and floods is one that haunts Kenya every year. Heavy rains wreaked havoc across the country in 2017 while in 2018, the country suffered a long, ravaging drought. The floods greatly affected the North Rift region, including West Pokot. As a result of this flooding across the country, many a person lost their homes while some even lost their lives. In 2018, the prolonged drought led to a loss of crop harvests among farmers. In a report by UNICEF, the organization reported that 3 Million people were facing starvation as a consequence of the prolonged drought.  Furthermore, the food insecurity in 2017 and 2018 led to a spike in the cost of food which affected marginalized communities like West Pokot the most. Despite the predictability of this cycle, the irony is that the government and its people are never prepared for it despite numerous warnings from the National Environmental Management and the National Drought Management Authority. This is why Jitokeze Wamama Waafrika’s work in creating awareness to climate change and improving resilience among marginalized communities is so important. In Jitokeze wamama waafrika’s work, the organization believes that the extremes of drought and flooding can be mitigated by proper water harvesting and conservation. Although modern water harvesting techniques are not available in the rural areas of West Pokot, Jitokeze Wamama Waafrika builds sand dams in areas prone to flash floods in orders to improve water security in times of drought.

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