Identifying indigenous knowledge and effective communication systems for adaptation to climate change by smallholder farmers of Kilifi District, Kenya

This study investigated the influence of incorporating feedback from agricultural information users in agricultural communication systems and identified coping strategies for adaptation to climate change by smallholder farmers of Kenya. Food production, especially in Kilifi district, has been declining over the years, lowering food sufficiency to about 30 percent down, from 50 percent. This has persisted with continued changes in climate, despite all the efforts put in by the government and non governmental agencies.
Cette étude a examiné l’influence de l’intégration de la rétroaction des utilisateurs de l’information agricole dans les systèmes de communication agricole et identifié des stratégies d’adaptation au changement climatique par les petits agriculteurs du Kenya. La production alimentaire, en particulier dans le district de Kilifi, a diminué au fil des ans, en abaissant l’autosuffisance alimentaire à environ 30 pour cent de moins, passant de 50 pour cent. Cette situation a persisté dans la poursuite de changements climatiques, malgré tous les efforts déployés par le gouvernement et des organismes non gouvernementaux.
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East Africa
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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"