Turkana is an arid region in northwestern Kenya, where the people are mainly pastoralists. Due to the harsh climate, the people there have for many years relied on WFP and others for food relief. They are now, with the help of WFP, working to improve their own food security by learning simple water harvesting techniques. They use the water for their livestock and for growing crops.
A water pan is a large man-made water storage pond that is relatively simple to create. Rainwater is collected during the rainy season, and then used in the dry season to supply homes, livestock and crops.. In Turkana, water pans can hold water for up to four months.