Selinas Green Desert: Building Resilience in East Africa

Moruese Village is in Turkwel Ward in Kenya's Turkana County. The area is prone to drought - a nearly constant threat to the livelihoods, and even the lives, of residents here. After weathering many cycles of drought, in 2011, families living here abandoned the area altogether after a prolonged drought ravaged livestock and crops. In 2015, through its Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG), USAID supported the construction of a canal lined with concrete to provide water from the Turkwel River. This revived the Moruese Irrigation Scheme – initially established in 1978 as a rain-fed farming scheme. Now, more than 500 families in Moruese can produce food for household consumption and their livestock including during poor rainfall seasons. They even have surplus, which they sell to neighboring villages, thus boosting their incomes.

Last updated: February 21, 2020

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