Kenya’s vision to have a sustained annual economic growth rate of at least 10 percent by 2030 is highly dependent on the transformation of its agricultural systems to make them more productive, resilient, and competitive in generating incomes under a changing climate.
Agricultural systems are highly vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate variability with ASAL counties adversely affected. In agricultural systems, and in the ASALs, gender issues remain an unresolved challenge but also an untapped potential for ensuring gender-transformative development processes that target women and other marginalized members of the community.
UN Women in partnership with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Kenya have embarked on a project seeking to promote an approach to agricultural transformation in a changing climate in the Kenyan ASALs that ensures engendered responses to climate change and to resilience building.
It is estimated that if women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20–30 percent; raise the total agricultural output by 2.5–4 percent and reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12–17 percent. Closing the gender gap in Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) could generate significant gains for the agriculture sector and society at large. Hence, the proposed project focus to increase investments in women’s capacities to ensure more equitable access to assets and productive resources would strengthen women’s rights and coping potential with increased climate variability.
In particular, the project will seek to invest in building the capacities of the national and county level institutions to ensure the engendering and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) policies will ensure the sustainability of such efforts. The project is aligned with the national policies and strategies specifically, the Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy, the Ending Drought Emergencies (EDE) framework, and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP).
The project is seeking to engage the Government of Korea through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)