Kenya declared drought a national disaster and appealed for local and
international help in February 2017. Drought has become more frequent in
the past 10 years, affecting about 23 counties in 2017. This is not
surprising given that agriculture is the most vulnerable sector to
climate change and extreme weather events. Media reports indicate the
rate of malnutrition is above emergency levels in some areas while other
parts of the country have serious acute malnutrition levels.
The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy (KCSAS) has been developed to guide investments and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) activities guaranteeing productivity and food security, while addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The overall objective of the strategy is to build resilience and minimize emissions from agricultural farming systems for enhanced food and nutritional security and improved livel... Read more
Published by Agricultural Systems, February 1st, 2017
This special of Agricultural Systems focuses on prioritising climate-smart agricultural (CSA) interventions at different scales. Currently, there are few tools that can comprehensively evaluate the range of potential technologies and practices and their possible impacts on food production, environmental sustainability, and mitigation in any context. Therefore, what remains is the prioritization of interventions for investment and broad dissemination. There is a growing body of work by several CGIAR centres and their partners on tools and methods that can be used to prioritise CSA interventions and investments at a range of spatial and temporal scales. This special issue brings together nine papers describing a wide range of approaches and tools. One of the papers (PDF) by Notenbaert et al. describe a generic framework for evaluating and prioritising potential... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya has organised a half day tree planting exercise in Karura Forest on Friday 21st April 2017, to commemorate this year's Earth Day scheduled for 22nd April 2017. This year's theme "Environmental and Climate Literacy" - a relevant theme for the sector, because a literate society is able to make informed choices to reduce the impacts of climate change. Climate smart strategies need to be learned and widely disseminated by the stakeholders in this space.
The members of the AgriProFocus network would like to find critical answers to what are the opportunities for entrepreneurs in driving climate smart strategies and how do we support them. As a commitment made during the last Annual Network Day, AgriProFocus network will contribute to making Karura forest green with indigenous species of trees by undertaking a tree planting exercise. We will also get the chance to share amongst ourselves what we are doing to contribute to more learning on climate change.... Read more
What happens when you take a concept, add a generous amount of seed funding and a dash of well-targeted mentorship to it ?
Chaos…the organised variety, that is.
6 months post-GCARD 3 and the desert greenhouse that I made my YAP proposal about is finally taking shape. Here’s a brief look into its genesis.
There would be no use building the greenhouse if we had no potential customers lined up. Our thoughts on who would make the best early adopters were centred around;
Whether the school was within a drought prone region – to be a candidate, the school would have to either be within an already established feeding program or suffer from the fluctuation of food prices within periods of drought.
Distance from Nairobi and accessibility – a closer site would allow us to make regular visits during the trial period.
Whether the school incorporated Agricultural and Business studies within its curriculum – having the greenhouse would be a unique... Read more