Evaluating accessibility and usability of dissemination pathways for delivering climate information and services to vulnerable groups in semi-arid Kenya

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Access and use of climate information and services are essential for building adaptation to impacts of climate change. These include early warning systems, weather forecasts, and research outputs relating to climate change adaptation in relation to food, health and conservation of natural resources. Climate information and services would help vulnerable groups (e.g. women, children, the elderly) to increase awareness and build capacity for disaster preparedness and community resilience to a changing climate. Despite concerted efforts by research institutions and climate scientists to generate and disseminate climate-related information and services, millions of vulnerable people in arid lands continue to experience food, income and health insecurities. Media sources (e.g. mass, print and electronic) and communication via community channels have been used to disseminate vital climate information and services, but their efficiency in reaching vulnerable groups is not wellestablished. A major research need was to characterize dissemination pathways for climate information and services to which vulnerable groups access climate information, and perceive as appropriate. A major goal was the determination of preferences and user-friendly attributes to the flow of climaterelated information and services to these groups.
L’accès et l’utilisation des informations climatiques et des services sont essentiels pour la construction de l’adaptation aux impacts du changement climatique. Il s’agit notamment de systèmes d’alerte précoce, des prévisions météorologiques, et des résultats des recherches relatives à l’adaptation au changement climatique dans le domaine alimentaire, la santé et la conservation des ressources naturelles. L’information climatique et des services seraient d’aider les groupes vulnérables (femmes, enfants, personnes âgées) à les sensibiliser et renforcer les capacités de préparation aux catastrophes et à l’esprit des communautés aux changements climatiques. Malgré les efforts concertés des institutions de recherche et les scientifiques du climat pour produire et diffuser des informations liées au climat et aux services, des millions de personnes vulnérables dans les zones arides continuent d’éprouver de l’insécurité alimentaire, manque de revenus et de problèmes santé. Les sources médiatiques (par exemple les medias imprimés et électroniques) et de la communication via les canaux communautaires ont été utilisées pour diffuser des informations climatiques et des services essentiels, mais leur efficacité pour atteindre les groupes vulnérables ne sont pas bien établies. Un besoin de recherche important était de caractériser les voies de diffusion de l’information climatique et des services d’information à laquelle les groupes vulnérables ont accès, et de percevoir le cas échéant. Un objectif majeur a été la détermination des préférences et des attributs conviviaux pour le flux d’informations liés au climat et des services à ces groupes.
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2010
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East Africa
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RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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Open Access
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Printed resource
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1781-1785
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Information Systems"