IOM has partnered with YES Kenya-Green Team Initiative, a national youth multi-stakeholder network to organize a series of climate change and green entrepreneurship training programme targeting youth in Marsabit and Garissa County’s in northern Kenya.
The trainings, taking place between 26-30 January in Marsabit and 2-6 February in Garissa, are meant to impart majority of the local youth with relevant entrepreneurship skills to cope with the adverse effects of climate change and in the same vein regulate the escalating rate of rural urban migration.
Northern Kenya is an arid region inhabited by nomadic pastoralists and characterized by a fragile ecosystem – ravaged by the effects of climate change.
The project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Japan Supplementary Fund, aims to boost the youth’s capacity to cope with natural disasters such as drought.
The training will focus on key areas of climate change including disaster risk reduction and resilience. Additional areas include; sustainable producers’ entrepreneurship and markets, financing rural entrepreneurship, renewable energy in practice, among others.
“Rural areas in the developing world are continuously losing its youth to urban centres, while leaving their homes in stunted state of growth. There is so much they can do at home and meet demands that they otherwise would have struggled to reach in the highly populated urban centres. The capacity to address this rural-urban migration flows is lacking and this initiative seeks to address that gap.” said IOM Kenya Project Manager Migration Crisis and Response Unit, Teranishi Etsuko.
According to media reports, Marsabit is currently grappling with an acute shortage of food and water due to inadequate rains in the County. The County leadership is appealing to the national government and donors for food relief for the drought-stricken residents.