Water harvesting and storage for use in Irrigation water provides great opportunities for growth and development in the agriculture sector of Kenya. With only 3 m3 water use/capita/year, Kenya has one of the lowest surface water storage rates in the world for irrigated agriculture and livestock use. (ICRAF 2012). By 2013, only 12% (161,840 ha) of the irrigation potential had been developed (Water Master Plan, 2012). To realize this huge potential, more investment in Smart Water Solutions for agriculture are needed by all agricultural actors, i.e., farmers, the state, and private sector (e.g., SWS inputs & technology providers, market off takers and financial service providers). Conservation agriculture and climate smart farming practices are important strategies.
With support of SNV Kenya, Nakuru County Government, MasterCard Foundation, RUFORUM, Equity Foundation, ECLOF Kenya, Sun Culture, Lachlan Africa, Frigoken (IPS), ADC, Stockman Rosen/CIP and other partners, the Nakuru Irrigation Platform and the Seed Potato Value Chain (SPVC) Community Action Research Project Plus(CARP+) established the Climate and Water Smart Agriculture Centre (CaSWA-C) in January 2019. The purpose of the CaWSA-Centre is to be a centre of excellence on climate and water smart technologies, innovations and management practices (TIMPS). In March, Egerton University was selected and awarded a competitive seed grant from SNV Kenya to expand the centre. The CaWSA-Centre will provide training on water use and conservation for crops and cropping systems.
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