Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Understanding adaptive capacity of smallholder African indigenous vegetable farmers to climate change in Kenya
Authors: Chepkoech, Winifred et al.
Keywords: Climate Risk Management,smallholder African indigenous vegetable farmers,Climatic change
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Understanding the adaptive capacity [AC] of farmers is crucial to planning effective adaptation. Adaptive capacity Action to promote farmers’ AC is required because climate change (CC) is resulting in un» Climale Change predictable alterations in weather pattems. Based on the sustainable livelihoods framework Farms“ (SLF), this study explored how access to natural, physical, financial, social and human capitals Kenya enhances the AC. Quantitative data from 269 African indigenous vegetable (AIV) farmers in three selected agro—climatic zones in Kenya were analysed. Four indicators in each capital were se— lected based on previous studies and judgments collected from an expert online ranking suwey (n = 35). The kruskal—Wallis H test and an independent sample t—test were used to test the independence of AC scores and access to the different resources. The findings showed that the majority of farmers (53%) had a moderate AC, while fewer (32%) and (15%) had low or high AC levels respectively. Disparities in adaptive capacity scores were recorded between respondents in tem-is of their age, marital status and location. Farmers had high access to social capital but low access to financial, natural and human capitals. Female farmers showed lower capacities in the areas of financial, human and natural resources, while their male counterparts had low access to some human and social capitals. Resilient interventions that target individuals with low adaptive capacities are required.
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Agriculture

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.