by Mary Nyasimi, Philip Kimeli and Solomon Kilungu
Future scenario planning will help smallholder farmers improve their adaptive capacity and reduce shocks caused by climate variability.
Farmers from the Nyando climate-smart villages (CSVs) along with seven representatives from government and non-governmental organizations were involved in a six day climate adaptation learning journey in November 2014 to enable them prepare for their future climate. Analogue maps for Nyando were developed using the climate analogue tool by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Through a consultative forum between farmers, CCAFS scientists and partners, six analogue sites were identified thereby creating an opportunity for farmers and partners in Nyando CSVs to envisage how their climate and associated agricultural systems will look like in the future. Additionally, they would learn how adaptive technological innovations and practices will improve farming systems and fit into their local adaptation plans.
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“When we work with farmers on the ground, sometimes, they do not take the information seriously. Therefore exposing farmers to other areas that are already experiencing their future climate is a novel and bold approach to learning about climate change and start preparing for it. Indeed, Nyando CSV farmers interacting with other farmers make them appreciates new technologies that are out there”,
said Wilson Aore from the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO).
The analogue sites identified for Nyando CSV were mainly around the Lake Victoria basin, including the semi-arid regions in Kuria and Marigat in Migori and Baringo Counties respectively. The climate adaptation learning journey brought together 16 farmers who traversed different agro-climatic zones covering 12 counties in Kenya.
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