Kenya—Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Kenya Plus (StARCK+)

Client: U.K. Department for International Development

Duration: 2013-2017

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Kenya

Solutions: Environment and Energy

Much of Kenya’s economy is based around sectors that are highly climate vulnerable, particularly tourism, arable agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, and livestock. Minor industries that employ significant numbers, such as forestry and coastal and freshwater fisheries, are also sensitive to climate change. Kenya’s energy sector is highly dependent on hydropower, and therefore it—along with the industry and manufacturing that it powers—is also climate vulnerable.

StARCK+ is designed to achieve transformational change by helping Kenya to scale up private sector innovation and investment in low carbon and adaptation products, services, and assets such as clean energy, sustainable agriculture, water management, and weather forecasting. We target support to critical aspects of climate change governance and the stimulation of civil society demand.

StARCK+ follows on from the original StARCK programme (2011—2013), which supported a range of activities to assist in Kenya’s approach to climate change. It consists of five components—the fifth component, for which DAI and partners have main responsibility, is the Finance for Innovation and Climate Change Fund (FICCF).

Sample Activities

  • Establish and manage the FICCF, providing £5.35 million for climate relevant initiatives in the private sector.
  • Provide technical assistance to the Government of Kenya as it implements its National Climate Change Action Plan and National Climate Change Response Strategy, and develops its National Climate Change law and policy, which are currently under consideration, and climate finance policy.
  • Coordinate all partners on climate change resilience actions.

Select Results

  • Awarded and manages grants to four microfinance institutions (MFIs) that service clients implementing Climate Smart Agriculture activities.
  • Awarded FICCF grants to the UN, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, and the ClimateCare carbon offset company.
  • Facilitated innovative coordination between MFIs, climate specialists, and agricultural supply chain actors resulting in groundbreaking, systemic shifts in agriculture production. Examples include increased uptake of climate resilient crops such as sorghum and cassava, diversified income generation such as utilizing indigenous chicken, and production improvements in dairy and crops that reduce net emissions whilst increasing productivity.
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