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Members of the Star ya Thange self-help group are building a sand dam to increase their resilience to drought.
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Terracing land prevents water run-off during heavy downpours and reduces soil erosion.

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Growing a greater variety of drought resistant crops offers a safety net.

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Planting trees protects soil, reduces erosion and enables the land to absorb more rainwater.

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We are not prepared for the climate-related risks that we already face. Investments in better preparation can pay dividends both for the present and for the future.

Vicente Barros, co-chair of recent IPCC study on climate change impacts.

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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There is a big difference now around the sand dams and good change. There is more vegetation and plenty of Napier grass we planted that is holding the river from being eroded. We have been able to cut it for our livestock and keep them alive during this drought."

Dorcus Muluki Mutangweni, Mutangavuni self-help group, Kenya

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