As part of their climate smart village activities, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is working with local partners and a local youth group to manage the challenges of an increasingly variable rain, as well as degraded land and decreasing land sizes.
The climate in Lower Nyando, Western Kenya, is very dry. And when the rains do come these days, they tend to be very intense and short. One of the CCAFS climate smart village activities is a greenhouse plan in lower Nyando. Here the nine members of Lower Kamula Youth Group, work with other local partners on a greenhouse that safes water, while protecting the crops against flooding and drought. The Lower Kamula Youth Group has worked together with CCAFS East Africa, to establish this greenhouse, and to build a mini-dam for water sourcing during the dry periods. CCAFS then also trained them to grow more drought-resistant crop varieties, use drip irrigation, and integrate their mini-dam with fish farming.
The CCAFS activities on climate Smart villages
The climate-smart village is a model developed by CCAFS program to improve the adaptive capacity of communities. The CCAFS is working with a vast range of partners to set up climate smart villages in West Africa, East Africa and South Asia. In Kenya’s Lower Nyando valley farmers are discovering the value of agroforestry, with alleys of maize, sorghum and other crops sandwiched between rows of multi-purpose trees that stabilize and enrich the soil.
Photo story: What does a climate smart farm look like?
The Thomson Reuters Foundation (Trust) recently published a photo-story about the CCAFS climate-smart village activities in Western Kenya. In this photo story you will meet Edward Ouko, John Oboum, Peris Owiti and Lower Kamula Youth Group, and learn from them what being “climate-smart” really means and how they are collaborating with CCAFS and partners. Visit the CCAFS website and the photo-story below to learn more.
Are you interested to learn more about climate smart agriculture in relation to drought resilience? You can also check out the various e-learning courses listed on the UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace.