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'Peace ambassadors' ease water conflicts in drought-prone Kenya
by Caroline Wambui

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
27 June 2019

On 27 June 2019 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: Across Kenya's arid and semi-arid regions, communities face intensifying water shortages, as growing populations draw water from sources already depleted by climate change-linked drought. Volunteers are being trained to show rural communities ways to use water more efficiently to grow crops, and how to ease local tensions over the scarce resource. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of environment and culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The SAPAD [non-profit Strategies for Agro-Pastoralists' Development Kenya] project's peace ambassadors aim to break that vicious cycle by showing farmers the benefits of planting indigenous local seeds and drought-tolerant crops that need less water, such as sorghum and millet.

... despite the challenges, the project is succeeding in promoting sustainable farming and curbing battles over water, [SAPAD executive director Zaverio Chabari] said.

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