The African Development Bank (AfDB) had a Supervision Mission for Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP) and the Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (DRSLP) from 17th – 23rd September 2018. African Development Bank (AfDB) is the main financier for the two projects with support (loan) to DRSLP being 89.5% of the total project cost and that of SIVAP being 56%. In addition, a grant to SIVAP from Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) which is 34% of the total project cost is channelled through AfDB.
The team from the Bank comprised three persons. The Team Leader, Mr. Maina Onesmus (Task Manager for DRSLP & SIVAP), Mr. Mutuku David (Financial Management Specialist) and Mr. Owuor Patrick (Procurement Specialist).
The purpose of the mission was to evaluate the conformity of projects implementation with project objectives and description at appraisal, identify major constraints impeding project implementation, and formulate recommendations for the alleviation of identified constraints.
The supervision mission started with a meeting with the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) at the projects offices at Hill Plaza Building 7th floor, Nairobi. Later the team visited Bomet County for SIVAP project and Turkana County for DRSLP project sites and assessed projects physical implementation progress. They also held discussions with the county government officials, the County Projects Implementation Teams (CPITs), beneficiaries and other stakeholders.
The mission team was also accompanied by Project Coordination Unit (PCU), an officer from The National Treasury and Agriculture Projects Coordination Unit (APCU)
The team had a meeting with the CPIT chaired by the Chief Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Pastoral Economy Mr. Chris Aletia Imana then visited Kapus Livestock Sale yard and Lorugum borehole both in Loima Sub County.
Kapus Livestock Sale Yard operates once a week on Saturdays. During these market days about 100 shoats, 20 cattle, 20 donkeys and 50 camels are traded.
Lorugum bore hole has capacity 18M3 /hour. It has a water tower, two 10,000 lts tanks a water pipeline of 1.5km, a community water kiosk and a livestock watering trough.It is providing water for Lorugum livestock Sale yard and has also improved water access to the Lorugum community.
The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS)State Department for Crop Development and Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives together with the Project Coordinator(PC) DRSLP flagged off a consignment of seeds, seedlings and other agricultural inputs worth Ksh. 22 miillion to be distributed to DRSLP counties. The inputs are intended to benefit 11,692 beneficiaries in all the six counties where DRSLP is operating.
DRSLP has been operating in the six (6) counties of Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Samburu, Isiolo and Marsabit, since 2013. The projects initiated by the Programme include irrigation schemes, water pans, dams, bore holes, shallow wells, pasture demonstration farms, hay stores and livestock sale yards. Some of the projects are either complete or are at final stages of completion. So far the project has reached 61,796 households as beneficiaries which are mainly pastoralists and agro-pastoralist.
The inputs are intended for setting up demonstrations for crops (including Kitchen Gardens), fodder production and irrigation agriculture in order to address the beneficiaries need for food, nutrition security and income generation as a COVID 19 response initiative.