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World Bank Funded Kenya Coastal Development Project Hands over Goats to Waata Community in Taita-Taveta

The establishment of 13 member VMG Development Committee and the 5 member at village level forms the core players in the implementation matrix which will work in collaboration with Government Agencies namely Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute ( KMFRI ), State Department of Fisheries and The Blue Economy ( SDF ), Kenya Forestry Research Institute ( KEFRI ), Kenya Wildlife Service ( KWS ), Coast Development Authority ( CDA ), National Environment Management Authority ( NEMA ) and Department of Physical Planning ( DPP ) under the Ministry of Lands and Housing.
World Bank Funded Kenya Coastal Development Project Hands over Goats to Waata Community in Taita-Taveta

Dr. Harrison Charo, Director, State Department of Fisheries and The Blue Economy presents a goat to members of Waata community in Voi, Taita-Taveta County. Photo: Griffins Nyamongo

Kenya Coastal Development Project ( KCDP )  started the implementation of projects to Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups ( VMG's ) in the Coast Region last week with the handing-over of goats to four villages of Waata community in Taita-Taveta county worth Ksh 2mil. in a ceremony held at Waata Cultural Centre in Voi town.

The event was presided over by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Fisheries and The Blue Economy, Prof. Micheni Ntiba who was represented by the Director of Fisheries Dr. Harrision Charo.

The four villages of Kisimeni, Bondeni, Kajire and Birikani received brood stock goats identified through the support of County Livestock Production Officers in order to ensure that the animals were healthy. The county Livestock Production Unit will continue to support the farmers in husbandly and handling management challenges to ensure the success of the investment.

Dr. Charo acknowledged the input by different stake-holders to craft implementation strategy which was responsive to priorities of the beneficiary communities." structures to implement various projects by development committees are in place. They will provide oversight,  planning and technical support. ....county governments are the custodians of these projects and the National Government appreciates the input they have offered up this stage". He said.

The other support to the Waata community in Taita-Taveta will include the renovation of Buguta dispensary in Kisameni at an estimated cost of Ksh 4mil.

The Social Assessment Survey was meant to identify challenges facing VMG's and develop plans to address the most immediate needs from 73 villages in the entire five coastal counties of Taita-Taveta,  Tana River, Lamu,  Kwale and Kilifi where over 500 community members participated to give their priorities. The projects identified  focused on two areas namely community service and livelihood initiatives. The  disclosure process by the World Bank and KCDP was meant to make County Governments' understand the priority needs of the VMG's  and incorporate them in their integrated plans to ensure their sustainability once KCDP lifespan comes to an end.

The establishment of 13 member VMG Development Committee and the 5 member at village level forms the core players in the implementation matrix which will work in collaboration with Government Agencies namely Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute ( KMFRI ), State Department of Fisheries and The Blue Economy ( SDF ), Kenya Forestry Research Institute ( KEFRI ), Kenya Wildlife Service ( KWS ), Coast Development Authority ( CDA ),  National Environment Management Authority ( NEMA ) and Department of Physical Planning  ( DPP ) under the Ministry of Lands and Housing.

The occasion was also graced by Senior Managers from KMFRI led by the Deputy Director, Ocean and Coastal Services ( OCS ) Dr. Renison Ruwa who represented the Chief Executive Officer. KMFRI is the host of KCDP and in collaboration with the above named state agencies has implemented projects in Natural Resource Management and improvement of Community Livelihoods. " Within the work of KCDP components, we have supported seaweed farming and woodlot development. Under the Hazina ya Maendeleo  ya Pwani small grant program, many activities have been undertaken and what we are currently doing  for VMG's is mainstreaming  this support through different components". He said. The KCDP Project Manager, Dr. Jaquiline Uku  was also present.

The Voi event in Taita-Taveta for the Waata community was just but the beginning of coast-wide implementation process to actualize the dream of transforming the lives of VMG's through participatory Livelihood and Community projects.

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