Strengthening the enabling environment for sustainable agriculture: Lessons from RFS country projects
28 November 2022
Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund (UTNWF)
GEF Implementing Agency
To achieve a well-conserved Tana River basin with improved water quality and adequate quantities for downstream users, and strong benefits to agricultural communities in the source watershed.
land under integrated and sustainable management
GHG emissions avoided or reduced
Forests and wetlands in the Upper Tana River Basin project target area play an important role in maintaining water quality and quantity by storing and filtering runoff water. However, the growth of the agriculture sector in the area has resulted in an increase in soil erosion and sedimentation. This has reduced the capacity of reservoirs and increased the cost of water treatment. The challenges to water security will likely increase as climate change brings unpredictable rainfall, which threatens the resilience and food security of upstream smallholder farming systems.
The project is establishing a first-of-its-kind water fund in Africa. Through the project’s network of public agencies, NGOs, Community-Based Organisations, and private sector actors, the UTNWF is supporting smallholder farmers in rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, and the adoption of climate-smart farming practices.
The project is structured around three principal components:
Support is being provided to 21,000 smallholder farmer households in the adoption of climate-smart practices, leading to improved food security, climate change adaptation and resilience capabilities.
The project aims to meet the following targets:
UTNWF Platform institutionalised for policy development and institutional reform.
Improved Upper Tana catchment ecosystems that support livelihoods, food security and economic development.
Robust knowledge management and learning systems implemented to direct UTNWF management and share lessons both nationally and regionally.
The UTNWF is a multi-stakeholder platform involving public and private sector entities. Key stakeholders from government include the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, National Museums of Kenya, Water Resources Management Authority, and Kenya Forest Services. The Nature Conservancy is a technical partner, while private sector entities include the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company. The project is also closely engaging with county governments and research institutions, including Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and National Museums of Kenya (NMK).
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