Tackling drought in arid lands through devolved disaster risk management

Local men shelter from the sweltering heat while enjoying a session of a traditional board game as they wait for the sun to go down, to allow them to go about their business. Photo: Allan Gichigi/UNDP Kenya

Nestled in Kenya’s North-West corner and bordering Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia, Turkana is a land of geographic extremes. Kenya’s largest County is not only one of its hottest, but also one of its most arid: daytime temperatures in the capital Lodwar hover around 35⁰C, with virtually no rainfall for the majority of the year.[1]The dry heat is intense, and during…