Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries And Irrigation
An innovative, commercial-oriented and modern agriculture and rural development sector.
To improve the livelihood of Mandera County residents through promotion of competitive agricultural production, sustainable livestock and fisheries production, affordable and quality veterinary services provision and training and adoption of smallholder irrigation that is efficient, effective and sustainable.
Goal of the Sector.
To promote and facilitate production of food and agricultural raw materials, ensure food security; promote agro-based industry, agricultural export and sustainable agricultural practice.
- Gender equity
- Result Oriented
- Customer Satisfaction
- Productivity of priority value chains increased.
- Entrepreneurial skills of priority VCAs developed and strengthened
- Access to market by priority VCAs improved
- Structures and capacities for consultation and coordination in the sector strengthened
Funding: Government of Sweden/EU, National Government and County Government
- Upscaling Climate Smart Agricultural Practices
- Strengthening Climate Smart Agricultural Research and Seed Systems
- Supporting Agro-weather, Market, Climate and Advisory Services
- Project Coordination and Management
- Contigency Emergency Response
Funding: World Bank, National Government,County Government
Objective(s) : WFP and the County Government of Mandera seek to transform and influence County Government institutional structures and food systems in order to achieve zero hunger and build community resilience.
Strengthen county government capacities (skills, institutions, systems and processes) to effectively assess, coordinate, deliver and report on inclusive, effective and transparent programmes for reducing poverty and hunger, including emergency preparedness and response, social protection and implementation of school meals;
Increase access to affordable and nutritious foods by investing in sustainable food production, transformation and consumption, including reduction in pre- and postharvest losses, improving market connectivity and value chain linkages, and enhancing management natural resources;
Strengthen the capacity of communities to better adapt to, withstand and recover from climatic shocks, with keen attention to special groups including women and youth;
Treat and prevent malnutrition through nutrition-sensitive interventions, provision nutrient-rich foods and social behaviour change communication to vulnerable populations;
Identify health supply chain challenges in county government institutions and provide technical support to strengthen capacities (skills and systems) that increase supply chain visibility, reduce stocks out and increase on shelf availability of health products.
Targeted smallholder producers and food insecure, vulnerable populations benefit from more sustainable, inclusive food systems and increased resilience to climate shocks enabling them to meet their food and nutrition needs by 2023.
Graduation along a resilience pathway
Improved household resilience
Enhanced consumption of safe, nutritious and diversified food.
Improved resilience capacities of county and community organizations
The sustainable food systems programme covers 7000 Household with approximately 42,000 members in 40 sites of Mandera West(15), Mandera North (10)and Banisa Sub-counties(15).
The programme has 5 thematic areas:
THEMATIC AREA 1
Strengthening capacity of the county and community to design, implement & manage for resilient livelihoods programming chain linkages
THEMATIC AREA 2
Strengthening & improving food markets connectivity and food supply chain linkages
THEMATIC AREA 3
Emergency preparedness and response/disaster risk management
THEMATIC AREA 4
Enhancing the capacity of county governments to provide support to children enrolled in early childhood development education centres (ECDEs)
THEMATIC AREA 5
Nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions
Facilitate the production of food of high nutritive value in sufficient quantity for the population
Sub Programme 1- Crop development and soil management
Increase crop productivity in irrigated and dry land farming through appropriate practices and technologies.
Sub Programme 2 Agricultural market development and value addition
Improve access to markets through infrastructure development, linkages and value addition.
Sub Programme 3 Agricultural extension, information, and research
Increase agricultural productively through effective extension services, training, information and research
Programme 2 -Agricultural productivity enhancement Programme
Increase productivity through the provision of specialized machinery and equipment
Sub Programme 1 Agricultural mechanization and equipment deployment.
Increase land under cultivation and development through agricultural mechanization services -Tractor Hire Service and Plant Hire Services
Under the stewardship of H.E. Ali Roba as the first Governor of Mandera, the county has transformed into an oasis of abundance. Governor Roba explains that, “We have turned drought-threatened arid lands into high-impact green farms using irrigation along rivers and water pans to produce food.” The Governor and his team spearheaded a lifestyle change in the region that saw many pastoralists successful adopting small-scale farming, besides increasing the acreage under crop production. Currently, more than 4,600ha of land has been set aside for irrigation farming.
“We have reclaimed an arid land and turned it into a productive farmland. The many lush green farms with a variety of crops, ranging from maize, vegetables and fruits in the county have ensured food security and generated income for locals,” the Governor said. To achieve this historic milestone, the County Government allocated substantial amounts in its annual budgets for agricultural development and to revitalize the sector.
Today, vast tracts of land that were initially populated by shrubs are producing food crops targeting the export market. As a matter of fact, watermelons from Mandera are in such high demand and could indeed be the sweetest on the continent! The county has invested in technology and extension services, and adopted innovative farming techniques, such as the use of greenhouses, drip irrigation and conservation agriculture.
Given the fragile nature of the county’s ecosystem, the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries remains alert to the effects of climate change. To this end, the county has embraced technological innovation and management practices that address increased productivity, resilience building and reduced greenhouse gas emission.