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Climate Information Service for Reducing Kenya’s Vulnerability

In a bid to ensure that “Africa can feed Africa now: translating Climate Knowledge into action”, the theme of this year’s CCDA, organizations are devising ways of working with communities in disseminating climate information to end-users.

A case scenario in Kenya is the Kenya Meteorological Services (KMS) working together with partners under the Adaptation Consortium in developing user-driven Climate Information Service (CIS) to better support planning across counties in Kenya as well as those whose lives and livelihoods are directly impacted by weather and climate.

The county CIS approach provides service provides information about the weather and climate together with useful advice on actions to take in dealing with possible impacts. During the Fourth conference on climate change and development in Africa plenary panel discussion session on “climate data, information and knowledge for agricultural production, water resources management and food security, Fetene Teshome noted the importance of mainstreaming climate information into decision making. The statement was echoed by Anne Kitheka a farmer in Kitui who noted that “getting reliable timely information will be beneficial in planning her farm and what to plant”, she said.

“Climate change is with us and we cannot run away from it. The only way we can survive through it is by adapting and we can only adapt with information about climate,” said Ayub Shaka, Assistant Director Kenya Meteorological Services.

The county climate information will be disseminated through local and regional radio, short messages services and secondary intermediaries who are respected, influential individuals in their counties of implementation. The intermediaries drawn from across the County Government Administration and the Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperation, as well as religious and community leaders will ensure seasonal, monthly, weekly and daily forecasts and weather warnings support farming and livestock activities is being disseminated.

Jane Kiiru is the communications officer for the Adaptation Consortium (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)