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The Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) was established in 1979 by the Government of Kenya to spearhead development in the Lake Basin Catchment area in western Kenya. The area covers 39,000 kms2 , representing 6.8% of the total land area of Kenya's 580,000km2 . It lies between latitudes 10 16'N and 10 54'S and Longitudes 330 55' and 350 51'E. The equator passes through the region.

Lake Basin Region Highlights

  • The Lake Basin region has a population of nearly 12 million people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The major towns in the region with their approximate population in bracket are Kisumu (500,000), Eldoret (200,000) Migori (100,000), Kitale (90,000), Kakamega (80,000), Nandi Hills (80,000) Bungoma (75,000), Webuye (73,000), Kisii (70,000), Kericho (70,000), Homa Bay (60,000), Busia (60,000), Mbita (50,000) and Siaya (45,000).
  • The topography of the region is undulating and is characterized by high ridges and escarpments and a few mountain peaks, with elevations varying from 1134m above sea level on the shores of the scenic inland Lake Victoria to 3,950m above sea level in the highlands, the highest point being the Mt. Elgon on the Kenya-Uganda border.
  • The climate of the region is generally mild with minimal monthly variation in temperatures between 190C and 250C throughout the year. The rainfall is governed by a modified equatorial climate characterized by long rains (March to June) and short rains (September to November). The average annual rainfall varies from 700mm along the Lake Victoria shores to 2000mm in the highlands.
  • The region has fairly good road network for internal transportation as well as providing connections to other parts of the country and beyond. Railway transport exists between the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi and Kisumu and Nairobi and Eldoret through to the neighbouring Uganda. There is an international airport at Eldoret and a regional airport in Kisumu with airstrips serving all the major towns. The scenic Lake Victoria provides water transport facilities to the neighbouring countries of Uganda and Tanzania.
  • The region is connected to the national electricity grid. The net electric power generation for the country is estimated at 5,032MW against a demand of 4,234MW. The electric power supply in the region and the country is, therefore, sufficient for domestic, commercial and industrial consumption.

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