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Egerton University Prof. Lelo


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Egerton University Prof. Lelo

  1. 1. CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND AFRICAN AGRICULTURE GRANTEE CONVENING 24-25 February 2011 Project Name: Building Adaptation Capacities for ClimateChange in Kenya Through Participatory Research, Training and Outreach Actions (CAPro) Grantee : Egerton University Presenter : Francis Lelo 0
  2. 2. Brief Background of the Institution• Egerton University was started as an Agricultural College in 1939• The institution became a fully fledged University in 1987, and has continued to be a centre of excellence in Agricultural training, Research and Outreach.• The University offers diverse programmes in 8 faculties including Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Arts, Science, Environmental Studies, Engineering, and Health Sciences. 1
  3. 3. Brief Background of the Institution• The main campus is located in Nakuru County, on the Eastern slopes of Mau forest in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya.• It has three University Colleges, namely Kisii, Chuka and Laikipia with a combined student population exceeding 16,000 and academic staff of over 500. 2
  4. 4. Brief Background of the Institution• Previous/ ongoing collaborative research – PAPPA (Policy Analysis for Participatory Poverty Alleviation), – SUMAWA (Sustainable Management of Watersheds) – CMAAE (Collaborative Masters in Agriculture and Applied Economics) & – AICM (Agricultural Information and Communication Management).• The university hosted an international stakeholders’ conference on climate change adaptation in Africa from 24th to 28th May 2010 under the theme: Pastoralism and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa ( 3
  5. 5. Brief Background of the Institution• Egerton University is also renowned for its expertise in participatory research approaches, with more than 20 years experience working with communities in Eastern and Central Africa 4
  6. 6. CAPro Objectives1. To evaluate indigenous/traditional climate change mitigating and adaptation strategies currently used by diverse Kenyan farming and pastoral communities, with a view of identifying the best bets.2. To evaluate emerging climate change adaptation technologies with a view of identifying those that are appropriate to the farmers’ circumstances 5
  7. 7. CAPro Objectives3. To build capacity on climate change adaptation strategies among extension providers, agro-dealers, and farmers4. To strengthen community outreach actions on climate change adaptation strategies 6
  8. 8. Key Activities Related to the Grant• Team Meetings - Five meetings on July 15, September 15 and December 8, 2010, Jan 10 (with Peter and Roger) and Jan 24, 2011 in addition to regular email and telephone communications.•• Preliminary visits to all five study sites – Nakuru -Kajiado -Mbeere, – Kilifi & - Bungoma 7
  9. 9. Key Activities Related to the Grant– General geographical description of the area– Organizations dealing with climate change research/ agenda. These included governmental, NGO, CBOs their contact information and activities.– National and regional centers dealing with climate change in Ministry of Environment,Office of the Prime Minister– Availability of weather information 9
  10. 10. Key Activities Related to the Grant– Empirical data generated in the district on climate adaptation e.g. research/project reports, policy briefs,– Availability of climate information and service providers– Possible venues for inception meetings– Possible locations for field demonstrations to be based in different AEZs within the districts. 10
  11. 11. Key Activities Related to the Grant• Selection of MSc students’ Four students – 2 females and 2 males• One –day workshop to induct selected MSc students held on December 22, 2010• Desktop review of climate change activities and information in the region and beyond has been done• Equipments Vehicle, laptops, LCD, GPS and other materials ordered 11
  12. 12. Highlight on the Progress to date• Activities for quarter 1 and 2 have all been started and most of them are ongoing 12
  13. 13. Early Findings (optional)• Communities have varied perceptions about climate change• The issue of climate change has become topical• Rainfall fluctuations are regarded as “climate change”• Climate data may be available but is scattered• Some old institutions had weather stations but most of them have been abandoned and are in state of disrepair• 13
  14. 14. Next steps• Comprehensive sampling protocols to be used in all five districts, including questionnaire design• Stakeholder / climate change awareness meetings in all five districts• Access to climatological data –both rainfall and temperature• Availing climate change to end users – how to package the information gathered. 14
  15. 15. Key Challenges• Scattered sites - logistical problems• Integrating Faculty regulations into CAPro objectives and deadlines• Procurement procedures time consuming• Hiking of prices between ordering and delivery 15
  16. 16. Lessons Learnt• Preliminary visits indicate that there is little empirical data in the districts and the current project(s) will contribute towards filling this gap 16
  17. 17. Emerging Opportunities for CollaborationInitiated discussions with Walker Institute (UK) forpossible establishment of similar Centre in EgertonUniversity 17