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Newsham, Andrew, Guthiga, Paul and Naess, Lars Otto (2011) Farmers' Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation: Insights from Policy Processes in Kenya and Namibia. Brighton: Future Agricultures Consortium: Policy Brief 042.

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One major policy challenge for the agricultural sector is to make sure that lessons from farmers' knowledge and experience are informing emerging climate change policy processes. This briefing paper reports on lessons from recent studies in two areas: first on seasonal forecasting and indigenous knowledge in Kenya, and second, agro-ecological knowledge and science in Namibia. Advocates of local knowledge playing a role in adaptation policy and practice need a clearer understanding of how policy processes really work, in order to be more effective in making it happen. Efforts to link local to national are subject to broader processes of global change. Two of these are particularly discussed: first, the prospect of accelerated and more dangerous climate impacts by the 2060s; and second, deagrarianisation (a long-term shift away from farming livelihoods in rural areas).

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: Climate change adaptation, local knowledge, Namibia, Kenya, meteorology, seasonal forecasts, Nganyi, Ovambo
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)
Copyright Statement: Agricultures Consortium requests due acknowledgement and a copy of the publication.
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2014 10:06

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