1. 80% of our population depends on agriculture
As agriculture employs such a large percentage of our population, contributing 25-30% of GDP the economy is highly vulnerable to climate variability. We are highly dependent on climate sensitive sectors including agriculture, water, energy, forestry and tourism.
Ripple Effect Kenya works with communities to regenerate and protect their natural environment as well as build resilience to climate change risks.
2. Over 19 million Kenyans (approximately 40% of the population) drink water from unimproved sources
Rivers are the most general supply of Kenya’s drinking water, but they are unreliable, both in quantity and quality. This is especially true in arid climates and during drought where incidences of water borne diseases are increased along with the financial burden of treatment.
Ripple Effect Kenya works to enable communities to access safe water through community initiatives that establish water user committees and protect springs.
3. 62% of the national wealth is controlled by less than 10,000 people
There remains a high level of poverty and exclusion despite a decline in our countries poverty rate, with a concentration of economic power among the rich. Poverty rates remain above 70% in remote, arid and sparsely populated north-eastern parts of the country. People are excluded from opportunities because of gender, disability or ethnicity. If not addressed, this inequality will result in over 2.9 million more people living in extreme poverty in the next 5 years.