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Ewaso Ng’iro North River Basin Development Authority was established in 1989 with a mandate to plan, co-ordinate, and implement development projects and programmes in the Ewaso Ng’iro North River Basin. The Basin covers 36.4% of Kenya land surface of which 92% of the basin is Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) and has an estimated population of 4 million Kenyans. The basin is richly endowed with various natural resources ranging from large tracks of natural forest, rich diversity of flora and fauna, marine resources, oil, minerals as well as natural gas. The unique ecological and climatic conditions present diverse investment opportunities for socio-economic development.

Consistent with the Authority’s mandate, ENNDA has been spearheading public investments in sustainable and equitable manner within the basin through planning and implementation of integrated, multi-sectoral and strategic national programs and projects.

Despite the interventions, the local communities living within the basin still face various challenges hindering socio-economic development. They include alternating droughts and floods as a result of effects of climate change, Land and ecosystems degradation, inadequate water infrastructure to supports irrigation and livestock rearing and unsustainable utilization of the existing natural resources. These has further resulted to low agricultural productivity leading to food insecurity, loss of natural biodiversity, livestock and wildlife to droughts and loss of human lives.

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