Solar panel in Masai Mara Kenya, Africa. Photo: Mehmed Zelkovic / Getty Images .

Mbeo Ogeya said the use of solar power to fuel water pumping and irrigation “can be a game-changer in energy and food security for marginalised parts of Kenya.”

A recently installed solar-powered water pump has brought the precious resource water directly to the village of Marimanti in Tharaka-Nithi County.

According to Joseph Njoroge, the Kenyan energy department’s principal secretary, another 14 Kenyan counties are also seeing solar power put in place to boost development as part of a World Bank-funded effort.