EfD- (Environment for Development)
Adaptation to Climate Change and its Implications Households Food Nutrition in Kenya
Richard M. Mulwa
Salvatore Di Falco
Climate change and variability is affecting weather patterns and seasonal shifts with serious repercussions on households and communities in Kenya. The livelihoods of the majority of Kenyans are therefore threatened due to the potential adverse impacts of climate change such as declined production and productivity which could lead to food and nutrition insecurity. To respond to climate change and variability, households have adopted different strategies which are expected to influence the level of food production (hence food and nutrition security) in the country. The linkages between adaptation to climate change and food and nutritional security in Kenya, therefore, formed the basis for this study. The analysis was conducted using survey data for about 708 households from 38 counties to assess factors influencing climate change adaptation, and the implications of adaptation on the food nutrition (measured in Kcal/Ha). Preliminary results indicate that use of improved seeds, climatic factors and soils influence crop production. In addition, households which have adapted to climate change produced, on average, 670,152 Kcal/Ha against 404,335 Kcal/Ha for households which did not adapt. This is evidence that adaptation to climate change significantly increases food production, hence food nutrition.
Project dates 2014-2016
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