Irrigation Permanent Secretary Professor Fred Segor has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the aims and objectives of the Billion Dollar Business Alliance (BDBA).

Irrigation Principal Secretary, Professor Fred Segor with BDBA members during the meeting held on Friday 18 th May, 2018 at Maji House

Irrigation Permanent Secretary Professor Fred Segor has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the aims and objectives of the Billion Dollar Business Alliance (BDBA).The Kenyan Chapter of the BDBA was launched last year, two years after the Addis Declaration during a symposium on rainwater harvesting in July 2015.

Kenya is considered a water scarce country with a per capita water availability of less than 600cubic meters, against the global threshold of 1000 cubic meters per capita. Water scarcity remains Kenya’s major impediment to socio-economic development, the achievement of
Kenya’s Vision 2030 goals as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals. The situation is exacerbated by climate change and increasing water demand due to population growth and
urbanisation.
On 11 April 2017, the Government and partners from the development and business communities launched the Kenya chapter of the Billion Dollar Alliance for Rainwater Harvesting, a continent-wide, multi-actor alliance designed to scale up farm pond technology for agribusiness and livelihood resilience for dryland farming systems. This partnership is led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), which hosted the launch event, and the World Food Programme, and includes the cooperation of the national government and private sector partners.

The Alliance targets to construct one million farm ponds in Kenya over a period of ten years to increase water storage within farms. The goal is to increase farmers’ income, improve food security, improved livelihoods and build climate change resilience through coordinated irrigation. The partnership will provide technical, financial, policy and research support. The World Agroforestry Centre has already constructed sixty farm ponds which has improved the
communities’ livelihoods.
The PS was speaking in his Maji House boardroom in a meeting with BDBA members who had come to brief him on the progress made since the Kenyan Chapter was launched.