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Mr. Innocent Ateka of MIS receives a STDM Infrastructure training cetificate during the launch of the Land Information Management Database Centre in Mwea, Kenya. 

UN-Habitat/GLTN in collaboration with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) successfully conducted database management training using the STDM application that culminated into the launch of a Land Information Management Database Centre in Mwea Irrigation Scheme on the 9th December 2016. The five day event brought together 23 participants from the Mwea Irrigation Scheme (land surveyors and GIS/ STDM focal points from the National Irrigation Board), community representatives from the Mwea Irrigation Water Users Association (IWUA) and Bomet Dairy Commercialization Area (DCA 1), project staff of the UTaNRMP of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (Kenya) and project staff of the SDCP (PCU and Bomet) of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development (Kenya), Pamoja Trust and an ILC member, RECONCILE. The training was held in Mwea, Kirinyaga County in Kenya and was officially opened by Mr. Innocent Ateka, the scheme Manager, Mwea Irrigation Scheme under the National Irrigation Board.

 “We would like to thank IFAD, RECONCILE and GLTN/UN-Habitat for the support that they have given us. We recognize STDM as an essential application in data base management and the knowledge transfer is valuable for the scheme and outgrowers as a whole. The documents produced not only act as IWUA operational documents but can also act as beacon certificates useful documentation in enhancing tenure security within the region” said Mr. Ateka. The Scheme Manager agreed during the launch that MIS was extremely honored in hosting the Land Information Management (LIM) Database Center and would put both the STDM infrastructure including donations of a server computer, STDM software and four GPS devices as well as the database of out grower framers into good use in improving the efficiency of irrigation water supply to the out-grower farmers.

The three day training was delivered using a very hands-on approach with technical focal points from the partner organizations learning the critical components of enumeration, data development, management and administration using the STDM application for improved efficiency of irrigation water supply to the small-holder rice out-grower farmers. A meeting was held on the fourth day to deliberate on the operationalization of the Land Information Management and Database Centre. This was well attended by community representatives, Programme/ project technical focal points and senior programme representatives and an arrangement was drawn on the technical operation and management of the LIM database center.

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Participants at the launch of the Land Information Management Database Centre held at Mwea Irrigation Scheme, Kirinyaga County, Kenya.

Finally the Land Information Management Database Centre was launched on the 9th of December 2016 at Mwea Irrigation Scheme. The center located at MIS will be managed by the key technical staff of NIB/MIS who are experienced in using STDM software and database infrastructure. MIS hosts the database of 169 out grower farmers of Ndekia III and will use the information in supply of irrigation water and supporting the farmers with other agronomical technical services.

“We are indeed grateful to see what we have been working and hoping for come into reality. Let us put the database into productive use and assist the farmers in accessing irrigation water and technical help while also effectively managing the natural resources we have.” said Maurice Maingi, the Chairperson of the Mwea Irrigation Water Users Association

UN-Habitat/GLTN is in a partnership with IFAD to implement the ‘Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security Learning Initiative for East and Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA)’ project, which seeks to promote integration of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools in development projects and programmes.  MIS through collaboration with the UTaNRMP, had requested support from GLTN under the GLTN/IFAD's TSLI-ESA Project, for enumeration of the out growers sections, database creation and production of 'documents of affiliation' facilitating the integration of the Ndekia III farmers into the Mwea Irrigation Water Users Association (IWUA) through use of STDM software. The Land Information Management Database Center is a bridge for the information gap that earlier existed at MIS and well within the objective of the IFAD funded Upper Tana Natural Resource Management Programme (UTaNRMP) developed to contribute to reduction of rural poverty through promotion of environmentally friendly and sustainable livelihoods in the Upper Tana River catchment area.

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