LWF was joined by Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP) and Kenya Water Health Organization (KWAHO) as key Watershed Partners. Other partners included the Wetlands International Watershed Program, Laikipia Tourism Association (LTA), Laiconar, Irrico International, Ngusishi WRUA, Nyahururu WRUA and Laikipia Youth group supported by KWAHO.
As Watershed Program implementers, MKEWP showcased its impact on water resource management (WRM) with communities, through Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs). The Partnership was buttressed by Ngusishi WRUA – who displayed how common intakes are used in rivers for sustainable distribution of water to 16 community water projects along the River.
In line with the theme of the show “Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture,” the Partnership demonstrated Smart Water Agricultural through Irrico International – a company that displayed technology in agriculture.
Another partner, Laiconar-a policy and advocacy platform aimed at engaging public participation at the policy level showcased its community outreach programs and Green Africa. It also promoted its newest efforts aimed at the use of vertical and horizontal gardens in small-scale agriculture.
The show was also used as a membership drive for LWF, MKEWP and Laikipia Tourism Association – as the three partners met and spoke to potential members on the benefits of a shared vision using different tools and partnerships to realize a sustainable future for natural resources in the region.
The ASK Show gave different groups and partners a platform to showcase their activities and innovations, and provided a great platform for interaction.
The three-day event saw LWF stand take the second prize overall as “The Best Organization/Association In Community Service”. Our stand was one of the ten visited by the Chief Guest of the Show, Governor Nderitu Murithi, where he learned more about the effectiveness of partnerships in managing the natural resources of Laikipia.