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Formulation of Kenya’s ten year national agroforestry strategy (2020 – 2030)

Context

The Kenyan economy is dependent on the performance of the Agricultural sector which directly contributes about 25% of the country’s GDP and about 27% indirectly through linkages to agro-based industries and the service sector.

Based on Kenya’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) 2015 -2030, out of 47 counties, 23 are vulnerable to drought, 22 counties to landslides, and 35 counties to flooding. Simulation of future climate change scenarios based on various models indicate a mean annual temperature increase of 1.5 to 3.0°C by 2050.

Kenya has identified agroforestry as a suitable intervention that enhances adaptation to adverse impacts of climate change while guaranteeing mitigation Co-benefits according to the National forests management and conservation policy (2015), National climate change framework policy 2015, the Kenya Agriculture sector growth and transformation strategy (2017-2027), Kenya framework for sustainable land management (2016-2026), Kenya climate smart Agriculture strategy (2017-2027) and the ongoing development of strategy for achieving and maintaining 10% tree cover by 2022. Successful adoption of agroforestry requires effective collaboration and partnership between a myriad range of sectoral actors, programs and strategies. However, there is no specific National strategic framework to facilitate building of partnerships and linkages amongst diverse initiatives and stakeholders involved in the promotion of agroforestry practices for purposes of minimizing negative impacts caused by a changing climate regime.

Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution  (NDC) is rooted in Kenya Vision 2030 – a roadmap of economic growth, social inclusion and sustainable development. Making progress towards achieving tree cover of at least 10% of the land area of Kenya is one of the mitigation activities to be promoted. The NDC is aligned with the country’s continued commitment to the issue of climate change as reflected in the National Climate Change Policy as well as national policies on agriculture, power, energy, energy efficiency and water, among other sectors.

CTCN Support

Technical assistance in the development of Kenya’s National Agroforestry Strategy 2020 – 2030 that is deliberately designed to enhance the country’s resilience to climate change through improved and accelerated adoption of proven agroforestry practices:

  • International best practice benchmarking literature review as regards the contents a good agroforestry strategy 
  • Analysis and review of current policies and strategies that guide farm forestry in Kenya; to establish the gaps and opportunities that need to be addressed to enhance role of agroforestry in addressing climate change impacts, and develop a draft national agroforestry strategy
  • Carrying out a baseline study on the current status of agroforestry in Kenya
  • Conducting of regional stakeholder consultation workshops designed to obtain feedback on the draft national agroforestry strategy and its implementation framework
  • Incorporate feedback of stakeholders to produce final national agroforestry strategy
  • Official launch of national agroforestry strategy

Expected Impact

A robust National Agroforestry Strategy 2020-2030 that has been developed through a consultative and participatory framework.

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