Rainwater harvesting from Roads For Indigenous Pasture production and improved rural livelihoods in semi-arid Kitui, Kenya (ROFIP)

Roads for Improved Pasture Production in Drylands

Livestock keeping is a way of life among communities inhabiting African drylands. However factors such as inadequate quantity and quality of pasture, due to land degradation, climate variability and change, are threatening the livelihoods of many pastoral communities.

Therefore, there is need to cushion these communities against such vagaries of nature. This project integrates rainwater harvesting from roads and grass reseeding for improved pasture production and rural livelihoods in a typical semi - arid environment in Africa.

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Project leader: Dr Kevin Z. Mganga – Rise Against Poverty Worldwide – Kenya (RAPk) and South Eastern Kenya University
Consortium partners: Dr Frank van Steenbergen (MetaMeta Group – Netherlands), Prof. Nashon K.R. Musimba (South Eastern Kenya University)


In the drylands of Kenya, livestock production remains a key economic activity. However, factors such as scarcity of pasture, land degradation, climate change and variability are threatening the livelihoods of millions of agro pastoral communities who depend on the natural resource base for their existence. Therefore, there is need to cushion these communities against such vagaries of nature. This work proposes to integrate sustainable land management strategies notably rainwater harvesting, soil conservation and grass reseeding for increased pasture production and rehabilitation of degraded drylands. We envisage that increased pasture production will generate additional income (farming as a business) and improve livelihoods through sale of surplus milk, hay and grass seeds. Increased milk production as a result of increased and reliable source of feed will contribute to improved human nutrition status.


Project number

W 08.270.348

Main applicant

Dr. K.Z. Mganga

Affiliated with

Rise Against Poverty Kenya

Team members

L. Bosma, R. Hovens, L.L.C. Knoop, Dr. K.Z. Mganga, Prof. N.K.R. Musimba, Dr. A. Ndathi, Dr. F.W.M. van Steenbergen


01/09/2017 to 30/06/2019

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