In Kenya, the impacts of climate change are felt with an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events, ranging from flooding to droughts and high temperatures. The government is working to address these challenges, including through a National Climate Change Action Plan. The CGIAR Initiative on Climate Resilience will partner with national stakeholders to assess crop management and yields, land and water use, and nutrition outcomes to help develop an assessment of the risks associated with food system policy decisions. An early warning, early action, and early finance platform (called AWARE) designed to be used across ministries will help trigger action and investment ahead of extreme climate events. Researchers and partners will also work together to develop bundled insurance products targeted toward ensuring gender and social equity outcomes.
The Initiative aligns with the nation’s priorities on social equity, particularly in arid and semi-arid lands, and the need for better coordination between the various actors who are working to improve food systems and food security in the country. There is a special focus on access to finance for women farmers, access to arable land for youth, and increased deployment of available technologies to achieve impact at scale through climate information services.
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