Njeru

Njeru

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (10), pp. 275-281, December 2017.

ISSN: 2276-7770  

Research Article

Manuscript
Number: 110217162

 

(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2017.10.110217162)

 

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.

Abstract

 

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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