Agroforestry among Kenyan farmers’ tactics for climate change adaptation

Greenpeace Africa recently released a comprehensive report providing insights into ways in which Kenyan smallholder farmers are adapting to climate change and building climate resilience. The report presents case studies under four main themes: diversity, water, soils and communities. It further highlights strategies used by farmers to respond to climate related risks, including changing rainfall patterns, a new range of pests and diseases, and extreme weather events like drought and flooding.

John Obuom, a farmer in western Kenya, has created micro-catchment water reservoirs on his four acre farm. He has also established two water pans reinforced by dam liners (plastic sheets) where he captures surface run off. By using a manual foot pump, he is able to irrigate his crops and provide water for his animals for up to six months after the end of the dry season.

Harvesting season in Nyando climate-smart villages. Photo by S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Harvesting season in Nyando climate-smart villages. Photo by S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

John has planted a variety of trees for soil fertility improvement (Grevillea, Casuarina, Gliricidia); family nutrition and income (papaya and mango); as well as for fodder and fuelwood. This way, he is able to keep the soil healthy and also earn income from selling different products.  John acquired tree seedlings as well as technical advice from scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) working with farmers in the region.

Read full blog by Vivian Atakos and John Recha on the CCAFS website: ‘Building environmental resilience: how farmers in Kenya adapt to climate change’

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