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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Climate Change Unit

KARI Climate Change Unit (CCU) was established in 2010 with support from Rockefellar Foundation. One of the activities of this unit is to participate and facilitate collaborative work on climate change science, adaptation/mitigation mechanism of climate change effects and to develop capacity of researchers on technical climate change science and adaptation issues. Other issues include climate change science (theory), climate change impact, vulnerability and assessment, integrated soil fertility management , conservation tillage, rain water harvesting, pest management, weed control, carbon sequestration etc. CCU’s mandate also developing or adopting technologies / mechanisms that can come in handy in coping with climate  change impacts e.g. food insecurity, scarcity of water, emergence of crop pests and diseases in localities where they didnt exist before.

Research Project: ASSESSMENT OF VARIABILITY TRENDS, VULNERABILITY, IMPACTS AND ADAPTATION IN THE AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS OF CENTRAL KENYA TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Funding agency: Rockefeller foundation and Kenya government
Principle Investigator Ndung’u, J.M,
Co-Investigators Mutuma,E.,  Mukabi F., Waichari M.
Location : KARI- Thika
Start Date: July 2011
End Date: June 2012
Email: - janmwaniki@gmail.com

Objectives:
1. To examine the social and economical effects on the farming systems of communities in central Kenya on their livelihoods due to climate change and variability. 2. To examine the central Kenya community attitude towards the climate change and variability on productivity of their farming systems.  3. To examine the role of ITK as an adaptive coping strategies against the effects of climate change on the farming systems, their readiness to climate change and the level of variability among the central Kenya communities.  4. To discuss the results from objective one, two and three and identify potential interventions

Research Project: ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, ASSOCIATED VULNERABILITIES AND ADAPTATION STRATEGIES OF THE AGRO-PASTORALISTS IN SELECTED AREAS OF MACHAKOS, SEMI-ARID EASTERN KENYA
Funding agency: Rockefeller foundation and Kenya government
Principle Investigator: Gichangi, E. Maina
Co-Investigators: Eric Mungube , Mwangi Gatheru , Emerita Njiru, Eric Khamala Location : National Dryland Research Center, Katumani
Start Date: July 2011
End Date: June 2012
Email: - gichangim@yahoo.com

Objectives: 1. to assess climate change exposure and impact on biophysical and hydrological conditions of agro-pastoral systems of the semi-arid parts of eastern Kenya. 2. To assess the vulnerabilities, coping capacity and adaptation to climate change impacts by agro-pastoral communities in the semi-arid eastern Kenya

Research Project: ASSESSMENT OF VULNERABILITY AND ADAPTATION OF  PASTORALISTS TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN MARSABIT COUNTY
Funding agency: Rockefeller foundation and Kenya government
Principle Investigator: Bulle Hallo Dabasso
Location : KARI Marsabit
Start Date: July 2011
End Date : June 2012
bulledabasso@yahoo.com

Objectives:
1. Establish the long term trend of climate variability and possible climate change in marsabit county. 2. Understand the socio-economic and ecological changes associated with climate induced risks to pastoralism in Marsabit County. 3. Determine the effectiveness and limitations of traditional coping strategies to climatic variability in Marsabit County

Research Project: VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT AND ADAPTATION STRATEGIES/CAPACITIES OF FARMERS TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN SEMI-ARID AREAS OF CENTRAL PROVINCE.
Funding agency: Rockefeller foundation and Kenya government
Principle Investigator: Joseph Mutwiri Miriti
Co-Investigators: Joab Onyango, Kithinji Mutea , Stella Matere, John Kairu
Location : KARI Muguga South
Start Date: July 2011
End Date : June 2012
Email: -  jmmiriti@yahoo.co.uk

Objectives: 1. To quantify vulnerability of agricultural systems to climate change in Ndeiya and Lari divisions of central Kenya. 2. To identify farmers’ perception on climate change and adaptation strategies to mitigate climate change hazards. 3. To identify agricultural management strategies for climate change adaptation in the selected areas. 4. To create awareness on promising climate change adaptation strategies for adoption by farmers experiencing similar climatic change challenges in Central Kenya

Research Project: ASSESSMENT OF VULNERABILITY AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE CONTEXT OF CONFLICT AND NATURAL RESOURCE DEGRADATION: A CASE OF LIVESTOCK KEEPERS’ SYSTEM OF WEST POKOT, KENYA
Funding agency: Rockefeller foundation and Kenya government
Principle Investigator: Muriithi G.M
Co-Investigators: Muhuyi W,B, Mbui M, Kirimi C, Khamala E,S
Location : KARI-Lanet
Start Date: July 2011
End Date : June 2012
Email: - gmmurithi@gmail.com

Objective: 1. To examine the social and economical effects on the livestock keepers’ pastoral community livelihoods due to climate change. 2. To examine the livestock keepers’ pastoral community attitude towards the climate change and variability on productivity of their livestock.
3. To examine the role of ITK as an adaptive coping strategies against the effects of climate change on the pastoralists, their readiness to climate change and the level of variability among the pastoral community within the ASAL areas (west pokot) of Kenya. 4. To discuss the results from objective one, two and three and identify potential interventions.

Research Project: AN ASSESSMENT OF VULNERABILITIES AND COPING STRATEGIES TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE AGRICULTURAL FARMING SYSTEMS OF THE COASTAL LOWLANDS KENYA
Funding agency: Rockefeller foundation and Kenya government
Principle Investigator: Patrick K. Ketiem
Co-Investigators: Lewa K. K., Danda M. K
Location : KARI Mtwapa
Project Type/ Theme:
Start Date: July 2011
End Date : June 2012
Email: - pkketiem@yahoo.com or pkketiem@yahoo.com

Objective: 1. To document information and knowledge on vulnerable agricultural systems and the extent of their vulnerability (sectors, commodities, groups, sites/environments, livelihoods) in the coastal lowlands of Kenya. 2. To document the indigenous coping mechanism/strategies as practiced by farmers in the region. 3. To identify and document all local and national actors/stakeholders on climate change adaptation (and their specific climate related activities that are on-going or planned) that can contribute to regional pooling of efforts on adaptation to CC for enhanced synergy. 4. To identify sustainable opportunities (in form of action plans) that communities can put in place as preparedness strategies

Research Project: FARM LEVEL ASSESSMENT OF COSTS OF ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
Funding agency: Rockefeller foundation and Kenya government
Principle Investigator: Shiluli Maurice
Co-Investigators: Wilson Aore, Frank Place
Location :
Start Date: July 2011
End Date : June 2012
Email: - shilulimaurice@yahoo.co.uk

Objective: 1. To quantify establishment and maintenance costs of selected adopted SLM technologies at plots, farming systems, watersheds, landscapes, and ecosystems levels. 2. To determine the economic criteria used by farmers in selecting SLM technologies for adaptation to climate change. 3. Using data on input and output costs, to calculate the ex post financial and economic returns from specific SLM interventions and projected impact over different climate change scenarios with the baseline case of doing nothing as the benchmark. 4. To determine the area planted with selected SLM technologies as a proportion of total area across the landscape

Research Project: MAIZE YIELD FORECASTING FOR ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE SEMIARID AREAS OF KENYA
Funding agency: Rockefeller foundation and Kenya government
Principle Investigator: Benson Wafula
Co-Investigators: Charles Mutinda, Ouma Okuro,
Location : KARI Embu
Start Date: July 2011
End Date : June 2012
Email: - bensonwafula@gmail.com

Objective: 1. To provide farmers within Eastern Province with reliable maize yield forecasts that are indicative of season quality. 2. To provide farmers with appropriate crop management options, based on the forecast seasonal maize yield. 3. To link farmers to sustainable market outlets for their maize grain.

Research Project: CALESA (CLIMATE ANALOGUE SITES IN EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA) ADAPTING AGRICULTURE TO CLIMATE CHANGE: DEVELOPING PROMISING STRATEGIES USING ANALOGUE LOCATIONS IN EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA
Funding agency: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ Germany)
Principle Investigator in KARI: Anthony O Esilaba
Location: KARI Headquarters
Start Date: July 2011
End Date: June 2013
Email: - AOEsilaba@kari.org/aesilaba@gmail.com
Project partners:
Midlands State University, Zimbabwe (Dr Adelaide Munodawafa)
Zimbabwe Meteorological Department, Zimbabwe (Dr Amos Makarau)
Kenya Meteorological Department, Kenya (Dr Simon Gathara)
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Kenya (Dr Anthony Esilaba)
Hamburg University, Faculty of Life Sciences, Germany (Prof Walter Leal)

Objective
Test potential agricultural adaptation strategies for rain-fed agriculture in the semi-arid and sub-humid tropics, in particular Kenya and Zimbabwe, by using a combination of model-based ex-ante analyses and iterative field-based research on station and in farmers’ fields.
 

Research Project: AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AND CLIMATIC CHANGE IN THE ARID AND SEMI-ARID LANDS OF IJARA, TRANS MARA AND TANA DELTA
Funding agency: IDRC and Kenya government
Project team leader: Jane W. Wamuongo
Email: - JWWamuongo@kari.org; jwwamuongo@yahoo.com
Project Coordinator: Michael Okoti
Email: michaeldominion@gmail.com
Location: KARI Headquarters
Start Date: Sept 2011
End Date : Sept 2014

Project partners:
Kenya Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP) – Dr. Mutunga
Kenya Meteorological Department – Mr. Peter Macharia
Moi University – Dr. Anderson Kipkoech
Ministry of Agriculture – M/s Esther Magambo
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources – Mr. Leonard Omullo

Objectives
1. Assess and document climatic risks and vulnerabilities of the communities and agro-systems and establish coping strategies in the project area
2. Identify, pilot-test innovations/options/strategies that would work best through participatory approaches
3. Develop information sharing initiatives on climate change and variability and best bet adaptation strategies
4. Build capacity of KARI scientists and stakeholders to address challenges of climate change and variability
5. Inform and influence the climate change adaptation policy/decision-making process through scientific action research based results
 

Research Project: STRENGTHENING CAPACITY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN SUSTAINABLE LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT IN KENYA
Funding agency: FAO Sida and Kenya government
Principle Investigators in KARI: Barack O. Okoba and Fredah W. maina
Location: KARI National Agricultural Research Laboratories
Start Date: 2011
End Date: 2014
Email: - okoba2000@yahoo.com

Project partners
Ministry of Agriculture
INADES Formation International – Machakos office
Rangala Family Development Program (RFDP) – Ugunja
Community Research in Environment and Agricultural Development Initiatives (CREADIS) - Bungoma

Objective
Reduce the impact of climate change and variability on smallholder agriculture through sustainable land and water management technologies and contribute to improvement of food security and ecosystem resilience in the selected watersheds and districts of Kenya

 

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