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Kenya further actualised the EDE commitment by institutionalising drought risk management through establishment of a specialised institution – the National Drought Management Authority – in November 2011.

Establishment of NDMA was a paradigm shift in drought risk management in the country from short-term projects to a specialised institution that 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 mandate revolves around the following core functions;

  1. Reduce drought vulnerability, increase drought resilience and enhance adaptation to climate change.
  2. Provide quality drought and climate information to facilitate concerted by relevant stakeholders
  3. Protect livelihoods of vulnerable households and community systems to cope and recover from drought shocks.
  4. Facilitate coordinated action by Government and other stakeholders towards ending drought emergencies in Kenya.


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