Climate change is by far the most ravaging and hard to mitigate natural disaster which cannot be addressed through short term fire-fighting tactics.
Effects of Climate change are evident in the shifting weather patterns that have led to unpredictable rainfall and prolonged dry spells. This has been a challenge to a majority of Kenyan farmers as they entirely depend on rain fed agriculture.
With the changing weather patterns, maize farmers in many parts of Kenya, traditionally known for maize growing, have experienced crop failure. This has necessitated seeking of alternative income generating crops that are more tolerant to adverse weather conditions. Farming alternative crops would increase farmer resilience to the harsh effects of the changing weather patterns.
Kenya Markets Trust (KMT), supported by Department for International Development (DFID) identified this need and facilitated the introduction of commercialization of fodder production in the Rift Valley at a time when farmers found it difficult to adopt pasture production in place of their traditional maize as a cash crop.
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Pictured above: A hay farmer marvels at his mature hay on EDL farm in Narok. Adopting alternative livelihoods could be a response to the changing climate.