NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The World Bank has approved a 250 million U.S.
dollars credit to finance agricultural productivity and help
smallholder farmers and pastoral communities build resilience to
A statement from the World Bank
released on Monday evening that the project aims to increase
agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change
risks in the targeted smallholder farming and pastoral
communities in Kenya.
"The aspects of this project include upscaling climate smart
agricultural practices, strengthening climate-smart agricultural
research and seed systems and supporting agro-weather, market,
climate, and advisory services," the WB said.
"The finances will, among others, support the development of
agro-weather forecasting and marketing information system and
dissemination tools in Kenya," it said.
According to the lender, the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture
Project aims at improving agro-meteorological forecasting and
monitoring; using big data to develop a climate-smart,
agro-weather and market information system and advisories,.
The project also aims at building institutional and technical
capacity for agro-meteorological observation and forecasting,
agricultural statistics collection and analyses, and market
The World Bank said finances will be deployed to fund
eligible expenditures under the Immediate Response Mechanism in
case of natural or man-made crises or disasters, severe economic
shocks, or other crises and emergencies in Kenya.
The money will also be used to finance activities related to
national and county-level project coordination and management,
including developing annual work plans and budgets and fiduciary
aspects (financial management).