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Evaluating accessibility and usability of dissemination pathways for delivering climate information and services to vulnerable groups in semi-arid Kenya

Evaluating accessibility and usability of dissemination pathways for delivering climate information and services to vulnerable groups in semi-arid Kenya. Research application summary.
WENTLAND NGALUSHI

Second RUFORUM Biennial meeting 20 – 24 September 2010, Entebbe, Uganda. Highlights the importance of climate information services in supporting climate change adaptation. In East Africa, accessing vulnerable communities is problematic and the availability of climate information is very limited in rural areas. Furthermore, the efficiency and effectiveness of the channels used to disseminate the climate information is not well established empirically. The research highlighted a number of potential user-friendly dissemination mechanisms to help the flow of climate related information and services to the local community.

Contributors

Kirui, V., Saidu Oseni and Omedo Bebe

Introduction

Access and use of climate information and services are essential for building adaptation to impacts of climate change. These include early warning systems, weather forecasts, and research outputs relating to climate change adaptation in relation to food, health and conservation of natural resources. Climate information and services would help vulnerable groups (e.g. women, children, the elderly) to increase awareness and build capacity for disaster preparedness and community resilience to a changing climate.

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