Drylands FRN

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Poor vegetative cover in the landscape accelerates degradation and formation of deep gullies downhill because of build up in speed and volume of surface water runoffs emanating from farms during rainy season.
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Dr. Cornelius Serem
Massive soil erosion in the ASAL areas in West Pokot county is wide spread. As a result of surface water runoffs, the top soils have been washed off shrinking the grazing fields leading to a decline in animal products, household income and increased conflicts with neighbouring communities.
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Syphylline Kebenei
This is a farmer in Kapkitony village in Chepareria divison, West Pokot. He is called Rev. Isiah Pkiach who couldn't hold back his tears over the sad situation of deep gullies syndrome cutting along both ends of his farm annually and left a small island where his house is poised. He has expereince massive landslides before that has left huge gouges in both ends of his farm where on average 75% of potential land have seriously been eroded leaving an impoverised stature. Its only hope and the desire to manage this widespread soil problem in Kapkitony village that they came together to form a group that will foresee championing of rehabilitation process.
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Alkamoi
Massive gullies are hazardous to the Korellach community's wealth and health. Cattle plunge to their death and social relations are disrupted as neighbors are effectively cut off from one another. The Korellach Parak Self Help Group have decided to do something about it though; they are partnering with soil scientists at University of Eldoret to devise strategies and action plans for restoring their landscape.
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Beth Medvecky
In the gully erosion in westpokot, even trees are not spared. Here showing a tree hanging in there (for dear life)
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Wilson Ngetich
Lady farmer addressing the gathering, welcoming the visitors and appealing for all to join hands to stem the degradation.
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Wilson Ngetich
The gullies in westpokot are so deep, it is a risky business crossing one. Here the Drylands team are figuring out how to cross one.
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Bonface Alkamoi
The sandy soils of WestPokot are very unstable and erode easily. Efforts to stabilize them are not always successful, but when they are, a lot of sand can be trapped which helps to heal the gully.
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Wilson Ngetich
Maize grain infested with Prostephanus truncatus Horn, the Larger Grain Borer n Chepareria Division of West Pokot. Kenyan farmers call this most destructive storage pest "Osama" as it turns stored maize grain into dust.
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Beth Medvecky
Members of the Korellach Parak Self Help Group are taking action to control the expansion of the gullies that are literally eating away their farms. Here the group is taking the Drylands FRN team and RT along a gully that is filling in with sand thanks to a sand dam they built several years back.
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Beth Medvecky
Professor Wilson Ng'etich and his assistant, Bonface Alkamoi, examine the pathway carved by water flowing towards the sand dam built by members of Korellach community in Kapkitony village West Pokot.
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Beth Medvecky