Sarah Nduku- Policy and Advocacy Manager and Peter Murgor- Cash and Voucher Assistance Manager from The International Center for Humanitarian Affairs (ICHA) during the opening remarks, gave updates on the importance of the developed National Drought Early Action Protocols (EAP) during the ongoing Development of the Anticipatory Action Roadmap meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.
The three-day meeting (24th to 26th October 2022) brings together the key various stakeholders like Kenya Red Cross, World Food Programme, Welthungerhilfe, Save the Children, ICPAC, The National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) of Kenya, The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), Kenya Meteorological Department for high-level collaborative discussions on Anticipatory Actions.
The purpose of the meeting is to map the stakeholders working on anticipatory action in Kenya and the areas of implementation, showcase the products and services that have been developed to support anticipatory action, and discuss how to enhance the linkage between the county and national level products, services and procedures that support anticipatory action and lastly to explore some of the challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming anticipatory action in Kenya.
The anticipatory action approach is a practical way to minimize and avert the loss and damage caused by climate change.
In Kenya, the frequency and intensity of droughts and floods have weakened communities’ coping capacities, resilience and increased their vulnerability, and account for over 70% of disaster impacts. Kenya is ranked 152 out of 181 countries globally of countries most vulnerable to climate change and readiness to improve resilience.