The combined effects of climate change and rapid population growth are increasing food insecurity, environmental degradation, and poverty levels in the 47 newly-defined counties in Kenya. Unless these issues are fully prioritized in development strategies and implemented in an integrated manner, it will be very difficult for counties, and Kenya more broadly, to achieve sustainable development.
As Kenya’s devolution to counties leadership continues to take shape, local policymakers have a unique opportunity to inform decision-making with data. To engage county policymakers with a view of enhancing policy support for the integration of these issues, these county-specific policy briefs highlight the links in their communities between population dynamics, environment, climate change and sustainable development. The project targets five counties of Kenya: Homa Bay, Kisumu, Kitui, Makueni, and Siaya.