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Improving farmer adaptive capacity by integrating local and indigenous knowledge in climate forecasting

April 22, 2016

Despite the availability of more reliable forecasts from meteorological services in Kenya, farmers seldom use them for farm level decision-making. This case study discusses how downscaled forecasts and more accessible climate information can enhance the adaptive capacity of small-holder farmers. Research led by Sokoine University of Agriculture demonstrates the usefulness of integrating seasonal climate forecasting with farm management activities in the uncertainty of changing climate patterns.

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This brief resulted from two projects supported by the Climate Change Adaptation Africa program: the research project Managing Risk, Reducing Vulnerability and Enhancing Agricultural Productivity In a Changing Climate and the mentoring project Promoting Participatory Action Research through Structured Learning on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa.

The Adaptation Insights series is a joint publication of the  International Development Research Centre and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), supported by the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program.