Kenya will receive $155 million in financing from the World Bank for water and irrigation aid, including a project on the Lower Nzoia River west of Nairobi to help address water-supply and food-security concerns.
The Washington-based lender said credit from its International Development Association unit backs Kenya’s efforts to improve water infrastructure, boost water-storage and capacity and assist farmers with crop irrigation.
The financing “will help move forward Kenya’s plans to manage its water resources and develop a pipeline of water investments that will help improve the country’s water security and climate resiliency,” Diarietou Gaye, World Bank country director for Kenya, said in a statement. “Kenya is a water-scarce nation with over 80 percent of its land considered to be arid or semi-arid.”
Kenya is “highly vulnerable to erratic climatic patterns and limited water availability,” Jamal Saghir, World Bank sustainable development director with the Africa region, said in the statement yesterday.
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