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Committed to Ending
Drought Emergencies

Committed to Ending
Drought Emergencies

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) is a public body established by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) Act, 2016. It previously operated under the State Corporations Act (Cap 446) of the Laws of Kenya by Legal Notice Number 171 of November 24, 2011. The Act gives the NDMA the mandate to exercise overall coordination over all matters relating to drought risk management and to establish mechanisms, either on its own or with stakeholders, that will end drought emergencies in Kenya.

01. Early warning systems

NDMA has put in place a robust early warning system that provides timely information on impending droughts.

02. Drought contingency planning

NDMA has developed and implemented drought contingency plans that guide the response to drought emergencies.

This series of short-term, project-based interventions were being carried out at a time when drought periods were becoming increasingly frequent and intense, directly affecting the household food security and livelihoods of more than ten million people. The government therefore recognised the need to strengthen the sustainability and quality of drought management in Kenya by establishing the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA).

The NDMA provides a platform for long-term planning and action, as well as a mechanism for solid coordination across Government and with all other stakeholders. The Authority has established offices in 23 ASAL counties considered vulnerable to drought.

03. Risk reduction measures

NDMA promotes and supports the implementation of risk reduction measures such as water harvesting, reforestation, and soil conservation. These measures enhance the resilience of communities and ecosystems to drought.

04. Coordination and collaboration

NDMA coordinates with various stakeholders such as government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and communities to implement drought management interventions.

How we offer Solutions

The history of Kenya's work on drought management goes back to 1985, with the design of a drought contingency planning system in Turkana. In the early 1990s this system was extended to other arid districts with the support of the Netherlands government. It was then expanded further by the Emergency Drought Recovery Project (from 1992) and its successor, the ALRMP, both of them supported by the World Bank. By end of Phase II of the ALRMP, the drought management system was covering 28 arid and semi-arid districts (now 23 counties).

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