The annual March to May long rain season has been erratic this year in Kenya, particularly in the breadbasket, raising fears that the country will grapple with food shortage.
And uncharacteristically cold weather has engulfed Kenya, affecting many places across the country unlike in previous years where it was limited to the capital Nairobi and central Kenya. Farmers are further grappling with increased pests and diseases, which include fall armyworms.
As these events unfold, Kenyans believe that it is due to climate change that their crops are failing, pests have increased and floods and droughts have become common. “I stopped growing maize due to pests and diseases and rain failure. I have shifted to horticulture and use irrigation,” David Ambuche, a farmer in Uasin Gishu County says.
A community-based organization made him make the switch, after educating him about climate change and how to mitigate its consequences. Ambuche knows that growing trees around his farm, farming short-term crops like tomatoes and onions, using green manure and irrigation are some of the mitigation measures he must use.
Moses Githaga, a shoe shiner in Nairobi, observed that climate change has interfered with the weather pattern. Peter Murimi, a climate activist also based in Nairobi, said recently that Kenya is currently dealing with repercussions of climate change and it is affecting people at the grassroots. “Climate change is affecting people individually and collectively. But I am optimistic because many of those who are aware of it is younger people and are taking mitigation measures,” he said.
Murimi, who is also a climate storyteller, said that he is documenting the unfolding effects of climate change and sharing it with people.
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