Harvesting Hope: How Innovative Irrigation Technique Is Reviving Drought-Stricken Farms


"When we decided to start our life here in 2013, they said surely, what are you hoping to harvest from that land?" Gladys Kiluni tells Climate Action.

Her in-laws, who once lived on the same farm, spoke of paltry yields and the futility of farming.

They relocated to another area with hope of better yields.

"When we moved to this place, it became even more evident why our parents had migrated," Kiluni says.

"For instance, we had to get water from the other side of the village."

So her family dug a pond.

"We are standing at the edge of a farm pond that her family dug a few years ago," Climate Action quotes Kiluni as saying.

"It became even more evident why our parents had migrated.

When we decided to start our life here in 2013, they said surely, what are you hoping to harvest from that land?" Now, Kiluni irrigates the farm from the harvested water, ensuring crops thrive even in dry seasons.

Her in-laws also planted mango trees.

The project, spearheaded by the county's infrastructure department, began in 2016 after a sensitization training dubbed "Green Roads for Water."

It incorporated water harvesting in the design and construction of the county's county roads,

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