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World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2019, 7(2), 61-68
DOI: 10.12691/wjar-7-2-4
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Challenges of and Responses to Climate Variability: A Case Study of Peri-urban Female Farmers in Kenya

Elizabeth Odoyo1, , Bosibori Bett2, 3, Murenga Mwimali2 and Anne Seda4

1Department of Environmental Research, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, Nairobi, Kenya

2Biotechnology Centre, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, Nairobi, Kenya

3Global Program, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, Australia

4Directorate of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Nairobi, Kenya

Pub. Date: March 20, 2019

Cite this paper:
Elizabeth Odoyo, Bosibori Bett, Murenga Mwimali and Anne Seda. Challenges of and Responses to Climate Variability: A Case Study of Peri-urban Female Farmers in Kenya. World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2019; 7(2):61-68. doi: 10.12691/wjar-7-2-4

Abstract

Although the impact of climate change on a regional scale has been much discussed, the perception of change and the responses this induces at the level of resource-poor smallholder farmers has been less studied, particularly those of female farmers. This study examined challenges faced by a group of Kabuor-Upendo female farmers and the appropriateness of their responses in the context to climate change in a Peri-urban town of Kisumu County in Kenya. Data was collected using semi-structured questionnaires in Kisumu East Sub-County. According to respondents, climate variability is the dominant factor in their set of perceived challenges. These include inadequate and unreliable rainfall and recurrent drought and flood. Their coping strategies as found in this study include crop diversification, planting of drought tolerant crops and irrigation. These are consistent with government policy on climate smart agriculture practices. Therefore, these proactive actions by smallholder female farmers are also areas identified for intervention at both national and local government level. In view of this, it can be concluded that female farmers’ challenges and responses will be appropriate entry points for policy initiatives in the context of climate variability.

Keywords:
climate variability climate change climate smart agriculture adaptation crop diversification peri-urban farmers

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