Organization

SOFDI

Team Leader

Martin Kumbe

Initiative

Existing

This initiative uses already existing farmers’ structure as frameworks in increasing their access to and use of climate information for resilience building in an effort to increase agriculture production. Farmers in the region mainly rely on rain-fed agriculture as their main livelihood. Therefore, the current adverse variability in climate has increased their vulnerability owing to reduced production which has had dire consequences on household security, nutritional status and overall wellbeing of households. Both Vihiga and Kakamega counties have identified climate change as one of the factors contributing to reduced food production. Over the years, rainfall patterns in terms of amounts, onset and cessation, distribution over time and space have drastically shifted from what the farmers have known to an extremely unpredictable case. Lack of information for a good understanding of the changing rainfall patterns and other weather elements that are of significance to farming have continued to diminish returns from farming, a key livelihood option for these communities. Currently, there is reasonably quality amount of information on weather whose end user and ultimate beneficiary ought to be the farmers. Unfortunately for reasons ranging from language barriers, low literacy levels, highly technical content of the information and lack of tools/medium for information dissemination, the farmers hardly access, properly interpret and use this information. This initiative aims to incorporate climate information services within already existing farmer level structures and extension system in building capacity among the farmers for increased demand for climate information. Most importantly, reducing the gap between the suppliers/source of information and end users through strengthening of collaboration.

Target Counties: Kakamega Vihiga

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