AIAP and partners to promote Solar Powered Irrigation in the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro basin
The Association of Irrigation Acceleration Platform (AIAP),Mt.Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP), JKUAT Enterprises LTD (JKUATES), RWTH Aachen – Research Institute for Water and Waste Management (FiW) e. V and they Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) are in the process of formulating a project aimed at promoting adoption of solar powered irrigation systems (SPIS) for food and nutrition security in the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro basin. Focused on Laikipia, Isiolo and Meru, the partners have already conducted baseline studies through questionnaire surveys. As a follow up of this, the partners have spent two weeks in the field assessing the viability of the project. They visited Laikipia, Isiolo and Meru Counties between August 23rd and 1st September, culminating in a Stakeholder Consultation meeting held on Friday, 1st September 20203.,.
The project proposal is themed on Solar Powered Irrigation for Food and Nutrition Security (SPIS-4-FNS) Pilot Study in the Upper Ewaso Nyiro Basin, Kenya with the objective of implementing solar powered irrigation systems (SPIS) coupled with rainwater harvesting (RWH) infrastructure and thus advice on sustainable resources.
The SPIS-FNS team was comprised of Prof. Bancy, Mr. Stanley Kirimi, Mr. Alex Oduor, Prof John Wesonga, Ms. Betty Muthoni, Mr. Amos, Mr. Kelvin, Ms. Mercy Kangai, Mr. Manuel and Mr. Goetz).
The team visited various farmers in the three counties identifying various irrigation needs on Solar powered Irrigation.
The first stakeholder workshop was also held on 1st of September 2023 with 30 participants from Laikipia, Isiolo and Meru County.
The meeting was opened by Elizabeth Mwangi, the Chief Officer Agriculture and Irrigation from the County Government of Laikipia.
Participants included representatives from farms, private companies, service providers, government and administration, non-governmental and international organizations, and research.