Undeveloped Adaptation - Climate risks, vulnerability and household well-being in Mwingi / Kenya


Dr. Serah Kiragu-Wißler

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In the arid and semi arid regions of Kenya, which constitute 80% of the country, adaptation practices by local people address multiple daily stressors, among them poor health, hunger, unemployment and environmental degradation, with climate risks coming in as an addition. Many adaptation practices by external agents fail to recognise the complex environment within which the stressors occur and largely fail to reflect local needs and priorities, consequently leading to low adoption of external interventions. The purpose of this study is to analyse local perceptions, knowledge and adaptive capacity of the rural people of the semi arid Mwingi District of Kenya with a view to establishing their role in determining local adaptation practices. Specifically, the study aims to account for the way local people perceive and experience changing climatic conditions, particularly droughts, as well as their decision making processes for local coping strategies. The study will also look at the factor that support or constraint local adaptation practices. Qualitative and quantitative data will be collected. Semi structured interviews, focus group discussions and a household survey will be used to collect primary data, while secondary data will be obtained from the available literature.