The Approach

The LISTEN Project seeks to strengthen institutional capacities for climate change adaptation at county level, and increase smallholder famers’ knowledge and adoption of climate-smart irrigation technologies and practices, while applying an Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) approach along the Ewaso Nyíro basin. The project adopts a nexus approach to implementation, i.e., recognising and leveraging on-going and complementary activities of agencies across and in different sectors, drawing in community support in these initiatives, and carrying out service delivery with support from the private sector, where possible. The project is anchored in county government ownership, and has as its ambition to realise scale by working at county, landscape, community, and farmer levels.

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Expected outcomes

Outcome 1

Improved institutional capacities and programming frameworks for inclusive climate resilience at the county level.

Outcome 2

Improved water and livelihood resource management at landscape level in the Ewaso Nyiro River Basin Ecosystem.

Outcome 3

Increased production and incomes through the adoption and scale‐up of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), good management, and efficient water practices, technologies and innovations in selected value chains.

Outcome 4

Increase ASALs’ use of knowledge and innovative management practices.

Expected results

  • Strengthened country government capacity to operationalise the National Climate Change Action Plan in counties and improve ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ coordination. This will be supported by the domestication of the nexus approach within counties.
  • Enhanced multi-stakeholder coordination along the focus basin to address resource use and management.
  • Good agricultural practices and climate-smart irrigation technologies and innovations introduced, made accessible, and adopted by irrigators along the Ewaso Nyíro Basin.
  • Six feasible business cases developed and implemented.

The project is designed to reach 180,000 beneficiaries; 20,000 households; 1,000 participating actors from government agencies and the private sector including women/women‐owned companies, 66% of whom shall be women and young people.