Garissa County is one of the three counties in the North Eastern region of Kenya. It covers an area of 44,174.1Km2 and lies between latitude 10 58â€™N and 20 1â€™ S and longitude 380 34â€™E and 410 32â€™E. The county borders the Republic of Somalia to the east, Lamu County to the south, Tana River County to the west, Isiolo County to the North West and Wajir County to the north.
The county is principally a semi-arid area falling within ecological zone V-VI and receives an average rainfall of 275 mm per year.
Given the arid nature of the county, temperatures are generally high throughout the year and range from 20C to 38C. The average temperature is however 36C.
The county is divided into six sub-counties namely Fafi, Garissa, Ijara, Lagdera, Balambala and Dadaab. These correspond to constituencies in the County. The County was targeted because of its Vulnerability to recurrent droughts, Trans-boundary livestock trade routes, clustering around common issues such as pasture reserve areas. Other specific criteria include high Poverty levels, potential for fodder production and storage, high Levels of denudation, Community interest in the project activities and Complementarity with other projects on drought resilience.
The project is livestock based and will address issues of enhancing pastoral livelihoods resilience. Among other things the project will address problems of water availability for pastoralists, markets for livestock and products, livestock diseases, resource based conflicts and alternative livelihoods. The project was rolled out in December 2015 and officially launched in July 2016. The project will run for five years and it is expected to enhance the communityâ€™s resilience towards coping with adversities. Â A number of community projects have been earmarked for implementation. Some have already been initiated while others are in the pipeline.
Garissa County RPLRP Capital Investment Projects
|Livestock Corridor||Investment and Location||Â||Investments events Status|
|Capacity||CMDRR||Feasibility Study||Screening||Safeguard studies||Remarks|
|Â||Component One: Natural Resources Management|
|Modogashe, Â Benane, Dijis, Â Saka, Garissa||Construction of Riig borehole, Lagdera Sub county
|9.25m3/day||âˆšâˆš||âˆšâˆš||âˆšâˆš||âˆšâˆš||Project at contract procurement stage.|
|Garissa, Nanighi, Masalani, Garsen||Construction of earth pan at Arbadobolo- Fafi sub county||30,000M3||âˆšâˆš||âˆšâˆš||Xx||âˆšx||Screening and safeguards to be done by November 2016|
|Â||Component Two: Market Access and Trade|
|Garissa, Nanighi, Masalani, Garsen||Modika- Holding ground||Â||âˆšâˆš||âˆšâˆš||Xx||xx||Consultations ongoing.|
|Â||Component Three: Livelihood Support|
|Garissa, Nanighi, Masalani, Garsen||Irrigated fodder production||Â||Â||Â||Â||Â||Site selection ongoing|
|Garissa, Nanighi, Masalani, Garsen||Support to beekeeping (Apiary equipment, tools and equipmentâ€™s)||Â||Â||Â||Â||Â||Site selection ongoing|
|âˆšâˆš :||Complete||âˆšx :||In progress||xx:||Not Carried Out|