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Farmers’ Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation: Insights from Policy Processes in Kenya and Namibia

Published on 28 November 2011

One major policy challenge for the agricultural sector is to make sure that lessons from farmers’ knowledge and experience are informing emerging climate change policy processes. This briefing paper reports on lessons from recent studies in two areas: first on seasonal forecasting and indigenous knowledge in Kenya, and second, agro-ecological knowledge and science in Namibia.

Advocates of local knowledge playing a role in adaptation policy and practice need a clearer understanding of how policy processes really work, in order to be more effective in making it happen. Efforts to link local to national are subject to broader processes of global change. Two of these are particularly discussed: first, the prospect of accelerated and more dangerous climate impacts by the 2060s; and second, deagrarianisation (a long-term shift away from farming livelihoods in rural areas).

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Lars Otto Naess

Research Fellow

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published by
Future Agricultures Consortium
authors
Newsham, A.J., Naess, L.O., and Guthiga, P.

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Future Agricultures Consortium
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Sustainability

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