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1MTN in Kenya: Baringo County

1MTN Managing Director Kristjan Raude planting bamboo.

During our latest trip to East Africa 1MTN team visited several counties in Kenya, learned about the situation on the ground and had lots of valuable meetings and discussions.

1MTN team and World Resources Institute (WRI) visited Baringo County to see land degradation, map essential areas to work on, and discuss how we can all act now to improve the situation.

Key Takeaways
1. Had valuable meetings and discussions with the County Government and the Governor Benjamin Cheboi, EBS; KEFRI and WRI.

2. There are large areas in Baringo County where the soil has been heavily impacted by climate change, which has negatively affected the local nature and the livelihoods of local communities.

3. Visited the Tissue Culture Laboratory.

4. Visited the nursery by Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and planted bamboo in Great Rift Valley.

Interesting facts about Baringo County:
1. Lake Baringo, located in Baringo County, is one of only two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley. It is home to over 450 bird species and a variety of other wildlife.
2. Baringo County is known for its hot springs, including the famous Lake Bogoria Hot Springs, which attract tourists from all over the world.
3. The county is home to several indigenous tribes, including the Tugen, Pokot, and Ilchamus, who have a rich cultural heritage and traditions.
4. The Kabarnet Museum, located in the county's capital city of Kabarnet, showcases the cultural history of the area, including artifacts and exhibits on the local tribes and their customs.
5. Baringo County is home to several game reserves and national parks, including the Baringo-Silali Game Reserve and the Lake Bogoria National Reserve, which offer opportunities for wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation.
6. The county is known for its high levels of geothermal activity, and several geothermal power plants have been established in the area to harness this energy for electricity generation.
7. Baringo County is a major producer of livestock and dairy products, and is known for its high-quality meat and milk.
8. The population is approximately 666 763, and the area is 10,976 km2.
9. There are more than two million flamingoes at Lake Bogoria.


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