((Our study reiterates the need to integrate technical, institutional, and policy aspects the need to take into account social and spatial heterogeneities in priorities and constraints. This is nothing new: but for a long view of adaptation: We need to go further and move from efforts to tweak the system and foster incremental adjustments to identifying for trigger points for transformative change and this takes us into the realm of politics In this respect, a promising development is the passing of the new constitution which was voted in by 2/3 of Kenyan, laying the foundation for more accountable and representative governance and, with it, greater security and stability. This offers an invaluable research opportunity to look at how these changes are affecting people’s sense of risk and possibilities. And a key question that needs to be explored is how do you repair memory and restore trust within and across communities, how you rebuild social capital that is so needed for resilient systems ?
Okaba: DISENTANGLING VULNERABILITIES A participatory assessment of priorities for climate change adaptation among smallholders in Kenya
DISENTANGLING VULNERABILITIES A participatory assessment of priorities for climate change adaptation among smallholders in Kenya C. Roncoli (UGA), B. Okoba (KARI), V. Gathaara (KARI), J. Ngugi (KARI) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9-11 March 2011
<ul><li>Theoretical premise: </li></ul><ul><li>At the community level, climate change impacts are not experienced in isolation from other uncertainties and imbalances </li></ul><ul><li>this calls for pluralistic, iterative, and participatory approaches that can elicit the place-based, lived experience of vulnerable people </li></ul>INTRODUCTION
<ul><ul><li>Objective : to elicit local perceptions of climate change, its societal impacts, priorities for adaptations, and resources needed to implement those adaptations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approach: facilitated group discussions with male and female farmers in 5 districts, conducted by an inter-disciplinary team in Oct-Nov 2009 </li></ul></ul>PARTICIPATORY ASSESSMENT
<ul><ul><li>Farm-centered, community-led responses must be complemented by policy supports that address systemic vulnerabilities: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing interaction of climate, environment, market, health, & security risks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Considering regional & gender specificities in vulnerability and adaptation priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building social human and social capital at local level, promoting good governance and citizenship </li></ul></ul>CONCLUSIONS