Kenya signs deal with WFP to finance climate action

By Samuel Ouma

Kenya’s Treasury and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Ukur Yatani

The Kenyan government, through the Ministry of Treasury and Planning and the United Nations World Food Programme have partnered to implement the Government-Financing Locally-Led Climate Action Programme (G-FLLoCA).

The agreement was signed by WFP Kenya Country Director Ms. Lauren Landis and Kenya’s Treasury and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Ukur Yatani.

G-FLLoCA seeks to strengthen local resilience to the impact of climate change by building capacity to plan, budget, implement, monitor, and report resilience investments in partnership with county governments and communities.

The pact will see the WFP support the scaling-up of community-led climate-sensitive actions, invest in increasing the capacities of national and county institutions to programme, finance, and implement climate change initiatives and while rebuilding the livelihoods of families that have lost incomes.

“In Kenya, the economic impact of climate change and its effect on development and growth-are already significant. Climate-related disasters, such as droughts and floods, are estimated to create an economic liability of 2 to 2.8 percent of its gross domestic product every year. This is largely due to the climate-sensitive nature of Kenya’s economy with the agriculture, water, energy, tourism and wildlife sectors being of utmost importance. And, in the past year, these challenges have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, “ said Amb. Yatani.

The CS said Kenya has, over time, put in place strategic interventions in collaborations with development agencies to track and report climate-relevant interventions and expenditures.

The East African nation also co-ordinate climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts while promoting greater transparency in line with the Paris Agreement signed in 2015.

On her side,  Ms. Lauren Landis said that climate change delivers more frequent and intense droughts and other extreme weather, disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable people.

“By working together, we are confident that we will save lives, spend less on humanitarian assistance and set-up Kenyan communities for a more sustainable and food secure future,” said Ms. Landis.

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