Tharaka Nithi County climate change adaptation initiative for enhanced community capacity & socio-economic resilience
Tharaka Nithi County climate change adaptation initiative for enhanced community capacity & socio-economic resilience
The increasing spectrum of soaring food prices and global warming has brought food security and climate change concerns to the top of the international agenda. Even at local levels, governments and institutions now face the dealing with the impact of climate change and increasing food production to meet the food demands of a growing population.
Tharaka Nithi County has its share of climate change impacts that have impacts on livelihoods through increasing human, animal and crop diseases, increasing occurrence of pests or invasive weeds, decreasing crop yields and pasture, shortage of water. In general, stresses on peoples’ livelihoods has increased, and their ability to react and adjust has also changed, due to increasing population.
To combat these issues, CountyADAPT aims to build socio-ecological resilience and capacity to adapt to climate change, in Tharaka Nithi County through capacity building of the community, county government and other key stakeholders to develop and implement climate change-sensitive development policies, plans and projects supportive of poverty reduction and sustainable development. This will be done through; multi-level networking, adaptive capacity building and policy influencing.
The project specifically aims to achieve the following objectives,
1) Enhancing community resilience to climate change through demonstrating five technologies that can be adopted to adapt to climate change and piloting one off-farm income generating activities, i.e. Giant bamboo enterprise.
2) Improving policy and administrative management for climate change in the county, through; building adaptive capacity of the county government, advocate for formulation of a County Adaptation Strategy and establishment of County Climate Change Trust Fund, building community’s capacity to effectively participate in policy formulation and implementation processes, establishing County Round-table on climate change, designing a community based policy implementation monitoring and reporting system.
3) Increasing coordination of climate change measures and activities across relevant actors in Tharaka Nithi County, through; establishing a multi-level network of relevant actors and designing a climate change information & knowledge sharing platform

Project Snapshot

Grassroots Development Initiatives
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 17,103.75
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 31,927.01
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Community groups will be trained on Basic Advocacy Skills to ensure they effectively engage county policy makers in formulating climate sensitive development policies, and a County Round-table on climate change will be established to provide an engagement forum. Community training workshops will be organized including Advocacy skills, conservation skills and awareness on climate change issues and climate change resilience and mitigation measures.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
CountyADAPT results achieved will be sustained through; 1. Getting into a collaboration with financial partners and negotiating favourable loan packages for community members to be able to adopt climate change adaptation technologies; 2. Adaptation technologies adaptation will further be subsidized through the ‘County Climate Change Trust Fund’ to be established. 3. Having contributed 30% of the costs, the groups hosting the demos will own the demos and maintain them even after the project period. 4. With the formation of the multi-level network, establishment of County Round-table on climate change and community monitoring system, it mean the engagements and monitoring of policies will continue 5. Further, having built community capacity to negotiate and engage county government, it makes them have the capacity even after the project period. 6. The communities shall replicate income generating incomes promoted through the project to ensure diversified incomes at the household levels.
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Grantee Contact

Ms. Gladys Miriti


P.O. Box 595

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100