Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (10), pp. 275-281, December 2017.
Manuscript Number: 110217162
Climate Change Vulnerability and Response Measures for Enhancing Coping Strategies by Marginalized Groups in Meru County, Kenya
Lucy Karega Njeru, PhD
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Embu P. O. 6-60100 Embu, Kenya.
Kenya like other sub-Saharan African countries face uncertainty and potential risks of climate change and have been integrating climate considerations into various legal and governance instruments. Progress has been made in planning and implementing policies, projects and programs in key economic sectors in order to enhance coping strategies and participation of marginalized groups in policy making. The research assessed the climate change response measures in Meru County and focused on 20 stakeholders from each of the sampled Sub County namely Igembe North, Igembe Central and Igembe South. The research was guided by two objectives and a stakeholders’ questionnaire was used to solicit the data that was required for the research. The collected data was cleaned, coded and analyzed using SPSS version, while frequency tables and percentages summarized and presented the quantitative results. The results showed varied risks faced in Igembe in the context of climate change, for instance food and water insecurity which was very dominant. The results revealed some policy being undertaken by the County Government and other stake holders to enhance participation of marginalized groups in policy matters with (83.3%) policy on community capacity building through environmental education, encouraging adaptation of high value crops (81.7%) and policy on social protection for instance, conflict resolution education (48.3%). The finding further revealed key Climate Change Actors in the Count, for instance; the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya Forest Station, Food and Agriculture Organization among others. These findings will contribute to the policy-makers, development practitioners and governments’ efforts of finding more innovative ways of creating targeted interventions for promoting climate resilience, enhancing coping strategies and participation of marginalized groups in policy issues.
Key Words: Agriculture, Climate Change, Policy Measures, Coping Strategies, Marginalized.
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