Yatta Constituency is one of the six constituencies that constitute the expansive Machakos County. It is located in the Arid and semi- arid (ASAL) regions of Kenya and receives erratic rains of less than 500mm annually. The temperatures range from 10oC to 28oC. The altitude of Yatta ranges between 700-800 meters above sea level befitting the bill for a hot tropical climate where evaporation exceeds rainfall. Inspite of the tough climatic conditions, the constituency plays host to approximately 148,000 people.
It was a humbling experience to attend and participate in the 5 day intensive training course on GIS and Spatial Analysis. The diversity of participants; students at various levels of postgraduate study (MSc and PhD), staff (academic and Technical), experts and non-experts made the training bubbly as indeed there was a niche for all of us to exploit.
The Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) recently held a successful Public Lecture entitled, empowering communities for climate change adaptation and food security: Case of community-driven dryland farming in Yatta, Machakos County. The Lecture was held at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), University of Nairobi (UoN). Dr. Bishop.
University of Nairobi, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi 8.4.4 Auditorium
Frankline Otiende, intern attached to the CSDES Office
I quite enjoyed my internship at the Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) office. Besides giving me work experience, it enriched my professional life. Since I was a boy I had always dreamt of authoring a book or being one of the contributors or editors of some work. At the Centre this was a dream I attained. The first newsletter of the Centre bore my name as an editor. As an intern at the Centre I was able to edit the magazine. I learnt how to title articles put captions of pictures and design the magazine. I always had a dream of being a lecturer at a university. In reality I have attained this dream upon completion of my masters degree. Currently I’m a tutorial fellow at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University in Siaya County. Another dreamed attained courtesy of CSDES.