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Smalholder farming systems in coastal Kenya: Key trends and innovations for resilience

Smallholder farmers in coastal Kenya are already significantly affected by climate change, particularly in semi-arid and dryland areas. They have developed a number of innovations to enhance resilience and productivity, eg. crop diversification using resilient local varieties, new planting techniques and wild tree domestication. An International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) team has published a report on this biocultural system.

International Institute for Environment and Development

The report (available below) explores key trends in climate, livelihoods, food security, crop diversity and social capital in five Mijikenda communities, as well as traditional knowledge-based innovations to address climatic and socioeconomic challenges. It presents the key findings from the SIFOR project (Smallholder Innovation for Resilience). This project forms part of the Biocultural Heritage approach, utilising indigenous knowledge and practice as a biocultural resource.


Please find further details, and see the report as published, here.

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