Livelihoods in the horn of Africa

The causes of the current crisis in the Horn of Africa are resulting from a combination of factors that are linked to environmental change and political ecology. This report investigates the issues around livelihood resilience and climate change in northeast Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Research was

Author: Contributors
Country: Kenya
Category: Climate Change and Food Security

The causes of the current crisis in the Horn of Africa are resulting from a combination of factors that are linked to environmental change and political ecology. The continuous cycle characterised by drought impacts have been exacerbated through the cumulative effect, also known as the ratchet effect, where through repeated exposures to drought impacts increase vulnerability.

Environmental changes, including changes in rainfall patterns from regular seasonal cycles to shorter and more intensive rainfall periods have impacted on rangeland regeneration. This has resulted in the degradation of pastures, this, increasing seasonal livestock migration. Such patterns have also increased livestock drop-outs and urban migration as young people go in search of other opportunities such as urban employment.

Despite these conditions, there are still opportunities to build climate-resilient livelihoods based on adaptation strategies to the changing climatic conditions. These can be grouped into three themes: Urban and Peri-Urban Interventions, Rural Interventions, Rural Interventions and Landscape Interventions.

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