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Uasin Gishu, WFP partner to conduct livelihood zone training

The County Government of Uasin Gishu has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the National government in conducting a 2-day training on the livelihood zones (LZ).

County Director of Agriculture, Mr Reuben Seroney said the purpose of this activity is to train a steering team at the county level on the methodology and also how to use the gadgets during the exercise.

“The team will collect data on the livelihood zone for the review and updates at the county level,” said Seroney.

He said that the data collected will be keyed in the tablets which will be analysed in giving the latest livelihood of the people as opposed to that of 2010.

“The last exercise was done in 2010 but the government has not updated this information, said Seroney, adding that the information will then be used by the National Government, County Government and even donors for proper planning purposes.

Mr Anthony Munyao, the team leader from the National Government said that due to devolution, increase in population, administrative issues and diversification, there was a need to review and update the data on the livelihood zones.

“We have trained a team here in Uasin Gishu and the data collection will be carried on in the next 15 days at every sub county level and after the exercise, there will be a validation workshop where we will meet and agree if the data collected is a true reflection of the county,” he said.

Munyao reiterated that the two types of questionnaires to be used are the wealth groups that are the poor, middle and the rich in order to see how these groups are affected when a disaster strikes.

The other type of questionnaire he informed is the livelihood zones such as the cash cropping, business and trade, marginal mixed farming, mixed farming, dairy, mixed farming, horticulture and formal or unskilled employment.

The teams participating in the training exercise are from the Department of Agriculture, Water, Health, Disaster and Management and Livestock.

By Hassan Adan Ali and Ann Linda Simiyu

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