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Unified Journal of Agriculture And Food Science

March 2017 Vol 3(1), pp. 001-007

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Original Research Paper

Challenges Facing Women Groups in Entrenching Climate Smart Agriculture to Enhance Food Security in Face of Changing Climate of Eastern Region of Kenya

Wabwire,O. E1 Mutune, J.M22* and Onsomu, L3

1Catholic University of East Africa, Kenya

2Kenyatta University

2University of East Africa, Kenya

Corresponding Author's Email: jmutune038@gmail.com

Accepted 14th February, 2017


Abstract


Climate change is one of the most challenging and intricate problem facing the world today. Across the continents the human livelihoods systems are depended on climate system. Reported increase of extreme climate events in the frequency, intensity and duration threatens not only agricultural sector but also food security as an important component of human livelihoods. To cope up with changing climate, a sustainable adaptation measures is required, one such measure is practicing climate smart agriculture. Climate smart agriculture is gaining momentum across continents that are at risk food insecurity. According to Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) program on climate change, agriculture and food security; has reduced the number of households eating one meal a day. In both developed and developing countries Men and women as members of households also play different roles within their communities and households in ensuring food security (Karl, 2009). In Africa however, women play a vital roles in agriculture which ensures food security at both communities and households' levels. In Kenya, women groups have always build capacity by making strategies to improve food security and build adaptive capacity at household level in the face of changing climates. The purpose paper sought to investigate challenges of entrenching women groups in climate smart agriculture addressing food security concern in Eastern Region Kenya's arid region. The study established that there were few women groups in the region engaged in climate smart agriculture to address food security issue. The study also found out that several challenges such as lack of capital, extension services and quality data necessary for early warning systems. This study recommended the need to improve scientific knowledge, as well as capacity in entrenching smart agriculture.

Keywords: Agribusiness, adaptive capacity, climate change, food security, household, smart agriculture, women groups.

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Wabwire,O. E , Mutune, J.M and Onsomu, L,. Challenges Facing Women Groups in Entrenching Climate Smart Agriculture to Enhance Food Security in Face of Changing Climate of Eastern Region of Kenya. Unified Journal of Agriculture and Food Science. 3(1) 2017 pp. 001-007.




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