Taita Hills Multi-stakeholder Forum,May 2017

The first Multi-stakeholder Forum under the AFERIA project was held recently in the Taita Hills. In line with the project goal of disseminating recent findings on climate change adaptation, the agenda of this forum was to communicate the key results of the scientific synthesis carried out under the project and further inform how these results will be useful in the design and implementation of climate-smart landscapes in Taita Hills. In addition, the project showcased the Multifunctional Agriculture Landscape Mosaic (MALM) and demonstrated its use to the diverse stakeholders such as planners, decision makers and extension agents.

 

Taita Hills Multi Stakeholder forum participants, May 2017

 

The ongoing interventions of the project were presented with focus on adaptation activities such as roof rain water harvesting, drip irrigation, indigenous tree nurseries and capacity building for farmers and agriculture extension officers. Sarah Achola, the AFERIA Adaptation Action officer reminded the stakeholders and beneficiaries that each of them had an important role to play in disseminating, integrating and implementing of the research results shared.

Click here for presentation on the overview of the project objectives and intervention activities.

Mr. James Mwang’ombe of the Taita Hills implementing partner, Taita Environmental Research and Resource Arc (TERRA), shared a detailed overview of the progress of the implementation of project activities in the area.  Agriculture extension officers from the Taita Taveta County had been trained on Integrated Pest Management for coffee, avocado, maize and crucifers; two roof rainwater harvesting systems had been installed to needy households in Mruru and Mlughi; ten drip irrigation kits had been installed in both individual and institutional farms to act as demonstration sites for water use efficiency for vegetable gardens. To improve water catchment and maintain forest cover connectivity over 7000 indigenous tree seedlings had been planted in 200 households.

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AFERIA project coordinator, Dr Tino Johansson, presented the findings from the participatory climate scenario development for the Taita Hills, the Story Map and the MALM (Multifunctional Agricultural Landscape Mosaic). The participatory climate scenarios, developed by Dr. Claudia Capitani from the University of York in partnership with local stakeholders with the guidance of facilitators, are projections of possible future outcomes in both the presence and absence of climate change adaptation. These findings can be used by decision makers to develop short and long term adaptation strategies and promote the sustainable use of the available resources. A policy brief Exploring Land use and Land cover Changes under Future Climate Projections in Taita Hills, Kenya and Jimma Highlands, Ethiopia has been developed from that study. 

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The purpose of the Story Map is to provide an overview of the scientific results and prioritized community-based climate change adaptation actions in a visualized form to create awareness, support land use planning and decision-making towards more climate-smart landscapes, enhanced food security and ecosystem resilience in the Taita Hills.

Click here for presentation on the Taita Hills Story Map.

The MALM (Multifunctional Agricultural Landscape Mosaic), an agricultural land use matrix in which all critical aspects (e.g. ecological, social, and economic) are incorporated, shared and communicated with the local communities and decision makers so that they may make informed decisions on locating adaptation actions where most urgently needed. This matrix simultaneously addresses locally prioritized problems and development demands for food security, livelihood opportunities, maintenance of biodiversity and ecological functions, and fulfills conservation needs. MALM will support the planning and designation of areas for specific adaptation interventions, such as afforestation, terracing, irrigation and conservation agriculture which would enhance the resilience of agro-ecosystems and smallholder farmers.

 

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The forum was summed up with a display and demonstration of different Integrated Pest Management technologies for maize, coffee, crucifers and avocado. The participants had an opportunity to interact with, hold discussions and ask questions with the project IPM experts that were present. 

This event was attended by close to seventy participants representing different stakeholders such as local and national government; community based organisations, non-governmental organisations, self help groups and media. The involvement of diverse groups in the region stems from the fact that each stakeholder group is affected differently by the impacts of climate change and that they each have a unique role to play in climate change adaptation. The local community by taking up adaptation strategies in their individual farms and influencing their colleagues to do the same, the local and national government in developing and effectively implementing policies supported by research; the academic institutions in training and building the capacity and ability of individuals and media in disseminating research based information on climate change and adaptation. The combined efforts of each of the groups will translate to the long term food security and sustainable development in the region.

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