Adapting livelihoods to floods and droughts in arid Kenya: Local perspectives and insights

Adaptation of rural livelihoods to climate change hazards such as floods and droughts is critical. However, policy has focused on large scale adaptation policies that often ignore local knowledge. In this paper, we explore local perceptions and insights about viable livelihood adaptation strategies in arid Isiolo County, Kenya. Research included 270 household surveys and 6 focus group discussions in 7 communities. Results indicate that the three livelihoods that communities saw as being a viable option for themselves in the context of future climate change included camel keeping, business, and modern agriculture. Camels were cited as being resilient to drought. Business was seen as an option less impacted by floods and droughts than other livelihood options, and modern agriculture could improve food security and income. These local insights should be included in climate change adaptation policy in order to sustain, and even improve, the livelihoods of vulnerable communities in the future.


Editor(s):
Ekwamu, Adipala
Nampala, Paul
Issue Date:
Jun 30 2017
Publication Type:
Journal Article
ISSN:
2415-2838
Language:
English
Published in:
African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD), Volume 1, Issue 1
Page range:
51-60




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