A 2-day farmers capacity building workshop which brought together farmers from different parts of the expansive Kitui County was held at SEKU. The workshop was organised in partnership between Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG) and SEKU.
SEKU has since its inception been working and partnering with local communities in the areas of dryland agriculture, water, environment and natural resources through research, capacity building, tree planting, water resources management and climate change adaptation. While officially opening the workshop, the Vice-Chancellor emphasised that the objective of the workshop which is capacity building falls squarely within the mandate of the university.
The County Executive Committee Member, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Kitui County Government, Hon. Emmanuel Kisangau was also present. The Agricultural Engineer spoke about the incentives and policy pathways at the county government level that have been devised to support value addition and adaptation and mitigation towards the changing climate.
The farmers also got an opportunity to share perspectives and coping mechanisms in the face of the changing local climatic conditions and their expectations and key areas for capacity strengthening.