Kenya is frequently affected by weather and climate related disasters, particularly droughts and floods. Drought occurs cyclically and historically they have affected Kenya’s economy more significantly than floods.Recurrent droughts have destroyed livelihoods, triggered local conflicts over scarce resources and eroded the ability of communities to cope with the vagaries of climate change. Heavy rainfall during the season causes flash floods and more localized, mostly affecting urbanised areas.
Kenya Meteorological Department has provided climate information for many years but the uptake has been limited due to several reasons. Most of these reasons revolve around
- Relevance and content of the climate information services,
- The channels of communication, and
- Understanding of the climate information given to users