County background information

Lamu County comprises of two sub-counties; Lamu East and Lamu West. These are further subdivided into seven divisions namely Kiunga, Kizingitini, Faza and Amu in Lamu East and Hindi, Mpeketoni and Witu in Lamu West. The county borders the Indian Ocean to the south, Tana River County to North West, Garissa County to the north and the Republic of Somalia to the northeast.

It lies between latitudes 10 40 and 20 30′ south and longitude 400 15′ and 400 38′ east. The county is approximately 6,273.1 Km2 in area, including the mainland and over 65 Islands, which form the Lamu Archipelago. The estimated population of Lamu currently stands at 113,110 people based on KNBS projections for 2012. The county has four main livelihood zones namely; mixed farming food/cash crop/livestock livelihood, fishing and mangrove harvesting livelihood; mixed farming food/cash crops livelihood; and formal employment/casual waged labour/business livelihood zone as illustrated in Figure 1.0. The county receives a bimodal type of rainfall with long rains accounting for 80 percent total annual crop production. There are 3 major rainfall zones in the county: the arid zones along the northern border (Kiunga) receives between 550 and 700 mm of rainfall, the semi arid areas of Amu, Faza and Kizingitini divisions receive between 550 to 850mm and the sub humid zones covering Witu, Hindi and Mpeketoni divisions receive 850mm to 1100 mm of rainfall annually.

Lamu County Project activities for the FY 2015/16


  1. Carry out survey, designs and construction of new Water Resource Facility in Mpeketoni Ward Koreni
  2. Carry Out Needs Assessment and Identify the Best Practice in Mpeketoni, Witu, Hindi, Kiunga and Faza
  3. Establish and train 15 water users association on operation and maintenance for water infrastructure in Koreni-Mpeketoni ward
  4. Carry out a study on pastoral movement to understand the pattern of resource use and consequently the conflict source.
  5. Carry out Bush Clearing in Witu livestock farm and bulk desirable fodder grass for packing and onward distribution.
  6. Procurement of forage conservation equipment (1 tractor trailer) to assist in harvesting of Hay in Witu livestock farm.
  7. Design and construct storage facility (1 hay ban) in Witu livestock farm to ensure the survival of the breeding animals and for use by pastoral community in times of emergency.
  8. Support Establishment of 5 Nurseries for Production of Trees in 5 Wards (Witu, Mkunumbi, Bahari, Hindi & Faza)
  9. Carryout Community mobilization meetings for common resource use for conflict resolution in (Witu, Dide Waride, Pangani, Koreni, Hindi).
  10. Facilitate Meetings (Build on Traditional Conflict Management Mechanisms) for Effective conflict resolution measures in Witu, Mpeketoni, Hindi and Kiunga.


  1. Purchase of android mobile phones with GPS capabilities for monitors to support market information gathering in three markets
  2. Facilitate collection and Dissemination of weekly livestock marketing information from Kiunga, Mokowe, Koreni and Witu markets
  3. Train 6 data monitors and 1 county supervisor on data gathering and reporting for the NLMIS
  4. Training 50 Stakeholders on interpretation and use of NLMIS
  5. Survey, Registration of Bargoni holding ground Hindi ward
  6. Conduct ESIA for Bargoni holding ground and Amu Island livestock /meat market earmarked for rehabilitation


  1. Procure Reagents and equipment for witu VIL a regional lab
  2. Conduct Surveillance of TAD (CBPP, CCPP, PPR) in Witu mpeketoni, hindi Kiunga and Faza
  3. Rehabilitation of witu- VIL county lab.
  4. Purchase of cold chain equipment (fridges, deep freezers and cool boxes) for vaccination to be undertaken effectively
  5. Build capacity for 16 laboratory and technical staff on disease surveillance (passive & active)
  6. Procure Vaccines (CBPP, CCPP, PPR & FMD) and vaccinations
  7. Purchase of protective clothing to ensure safety of the users when carrying out vaccinations
  8. Development of integrated pest management plan to ensure proper disposal of waste from vaccination exercise, correct usage of vaccines and protection of the users
  9. Coordination and the implementation vaccination campaigns
  10. Lay Tsetse traps (vector & pest control) in Hindi, Witu, Kiunga & Faza .
  11. Expansion of the ARIS disease reporting function by procure two mobile phones, software to assist the county to participate in the disease reporting. This will reduce the time required for quarantine to be placed and appropriate action taken to control spread of disease
  12. Expansion of the ARIS disease reporting function. Under this activity the county will be provided with mobile phones, ARIS,GIS, software to assist all the counties to participate in the disease reporting. This will reduce the time required for quarantine to be placed and appropriate action taken to control spread of disease.
  13. Build Capacity of private animal health providers on digital disease reporting technology
  14. Rehabilitate farm infrastructure (Bomas/houses/padocks) in Witu livestock farm to provide superior breeding material to individual pastoralists and the community breeding programmes.
  15. Formation and facilitation of pastoral field schools
  16. Purchase 320 Kuchi, 30 rams and 28 cows breeding stock for Witu animal breeding centre
  17. Purchase of various inputs and feeds to support the animals that will be used for community breeding schemes in Witu animal breeding centre
  18. Purchase of drought tolerant fodder seeds to assist community groups to build assets to move from vulnerability to sustainable livelihoods and Support distribution of certified fodder crop seeds and other inputs to improve productivity
  19. Purchase of fertilizers to be  use of fertilizers for the establishment of the fodder to encourage growth and also proper establishment of the fodder
  20. Train 4 vulnerable pastoral community groups on alternative livelihood (poultry) in Faza, Kiunga, Bargoni, Pangani, Dide Waride, Witu, Pandanguo, Koreni, Mpeketoni & Mkunumbi
  21. Equipping 4 vulnerable pastoral community groups with Kerosene incubators and egg candlers that will be important in providing a start-up for the new alternative source of livelihood identified.


  1. Support establishment and strengthening of cross-border PRM committees through facilitation of biannual meetings of 20 participants per meeting in Witu, Mpeketoni and Kiunga division.
  2. Domesticate best practices and interventions on pastoral risk management through sensitization meetings in Mpeketoni, Hindi, Witu and Kiunga
  3. Expanding sentinel sites to cover 4 county site (Witu, Mpeketoni, Kiunga and Hindi) which will be equipped with necessary facilities and sentinel animals procured to habitat the sentinel sites
  4. Dissemination of EW information through traditional vernacular media
  5. Upscale financial risk transfers mechanisms (Insurance) through workshops to facilitate development of ASAL insurance policies specifically NAGELE within Witu sentinel site
  6. Knowledge and experience sharing workshops on DDRM policies by conducting meeting with 6 participants to mainstream DDRM policies and strategies into all line ministries and institutions
  7. Conduct wworkshop comprising 25 implementers to harmonize DDRM policy at the county levels.
  8. Conduct biannual analysis to internally assess existing county structures response capacity to disasters.
  9. Carry out biannual food security assessments to develop a livestock food commodity balance sheet.


  1. Refurbishment of county project offices
  2. Procurement of ICT office equipment for county office
  3. Procurement of assorted Office equipment and furniture
  4. Procurement of vehicles
  5. Conduct Quarterly county project supervision
  6. Conduct Annual County review and Planning Workshops
  7. Hold quarterly CPSU meetings for project implementers
  8. Hold County Project stakeholder fora
  9. Conduct County Project Steering Committee Meetings
  10. Hold County project review and planning workshop
  11. Conduct 1 Knowledge sharing on best practices including tours.

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