In Laikipia’s dryland areas, access to water for farmers and pastoralists is a key issue. Droughts are commonplace, and unsustainable grazing practices and water harvesting lead to degraded landscapes, and dry riverbeds. By helping communities build their resilience to drought, and implement more sustainable natural resource management initiatives, Ol Pejeta hopes to assist in enhancing the local economy, improving the quality of land, and securing jobs for people in the agricultural sector.
With the help of several international partners, Ol Pejeta is working with local farmers on conservation agriculture, rainwater harvesting and carbon sinks projects. Greenhouse farming and drip irrigation are helping to mitigate abstraction of water from rivers, while increasing crop productivity for many farmers.
Ol Pejeta’s partners for the water programme include NEPcon, Zeitz Foundation, Gorta-Ireland, Rotary International,Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Water, Caritas - Nyeri, Kenya Network for Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies (KENDAT), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Lengetia Farm and Serena Hotels.