Africa is undoubtedly endowed with both renewable resources such as water and land as well as nonrenewable resources like metals and oil.
Yet it is estimated that beteen 75 and 250 million people in the continent are living under dire water stress, that is believed to only be made worse by the effects of climate change.
Yet no place on earth is expected to be more severely struck by the impacts of water shortage than the arid and semi arid sub Saharan Africa.
Given its geographical location and pre-existing limitation of adaptability capacity,the region will be particularly vulnerable, posing a great risk to food security and economic growth.
What we are doing about it.
- Promoting efficient use of available natural resources
Firewood and charcoal remain the key sources of energy in Kenya, more so the rural arid and semi-arid SE Kenya, with the average wood consumption per person per day being 1.4 kg according to research.
This has only made an already dire situation worse, as the communities in the already bare semi-arid region cut more trees for wood and charcoal.
This has further aggravated soil erosion, reduced the soils water holding capacity and fueled desertification which further strains the community’s natural resources such as water, fodder grasses and natural land cover.
How we are doing it
- Adoption of energy saving Jikos and use of solar powered water pumping systems.
Africa Sand Dam Foundation hopes to restore the ecosystem by promoting aquifer recharging Sand dams, terracing and tree planting, but also promotes sustainable use of the resources through promotion of energy saving jikos and use of solar powered systems for drawing water as oppose to fossil powered alternatives.
ASDF further supports awareness creation on natural resource management and environmental conservation among the indigenous communities through direct training on community-led ecological mapping, tree seedling production and management, support of rehabilitation of degraded lands through terracing, promotion of agroforestry through supply of tree seeds, tree germination pots, necessary tree-care agrichemicals and facilitation of experiential learning visits to KEPHIS and other partners.
- Soil conservation through terracing
While the asal areas are richly endowed with fertile soils that are well suited for crop prtotection, thousand of tons of the natural resource is lost annually to soil erosion. As a way of protecting the environment and boosting soil production, ASDF has facilitated the EXCAVATION of more than ………….M of terraces since ……….. and continues to support the local communities to adopt terracing as a means to combating soil hunger and environmental degradation.
- Adoption of Water aquifer recharging systems (Sand Dams)