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Mamo, Elema, 2022. Perception and management strategies for climate-induced risks among pastoralists and agro-pastoralists : a case study from dry land farming systems in northern Kenya. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics

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Agriculture is the backbone of many economies around the world, and it is arguably the sector most affected by climate change with its variability and extremes. Farmers have suffered significant losses as a result of such occurrences in the past and have used a variety of risk management strategies to deal with the risks involved. This master’s thesis aimed to investigate pastoralists' and agro pastoralists' perceptions of climate-induced risks, as well as their adaptation strategies for mitigating the negative on agricultural production. This study took a qualitative approach to understand and managing agricultural risks with a specific focus on climate-induced risks among pastoralists and agro-pastoral farmers. The findings are based on eighteen interviews conducted in each of the two study areas identified through the purposive sampling technique. The empirical data gathered through semi-structured interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis. The findings indicate that farmers have experienced extreme events that have significantly affected their agricultural production over the years and have devised risk management strategies identified in this study as preventive, coping and mitigation strategies. However, the majority of respondents feel that extreme events are driven by other natural forces rather than climate change, while only a few believe that climate change is real and have plans to manage the risks associated with it by adopting better mitigation strategies. As this thesis was based on the dryland transform project's fourth pillar, focused on understanding community resilience to seasonality and climate variability, the study recommends improving farmers' access to climate change-related information through partnerships with stakeholders involved in enhancing agricultural productivity. Furthermore, educating farmers and pastoralists on the importance of education and other long-term strategies is recommended. In addition to the academic contribution, this study outlines some policy initiatives that can be implemented to improve farmers' ability to adapt to climate change.

Main title:Perception and management strategies for climate-induced risks among pastoralists and agro-pastoralists
Subtitle:a case study from dry land farming systems in northern Kenya
Authors:Mamo, Elema
Supervisor:Abouhatab, Assem and Bostedt, Göran
Examiner:Ferguson, Richard
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1482
Year of Publication:2022
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM031 Agricultural Economics and Management - Master's Programme, 120.0hp
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:Risk, climate change, risk management, climate change risk perception model, agriculture, risk preferences, adaptation and mitigation strategies
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-18442
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-18442
Subjects:Development economics and policies
Meteorology and climatology
Language:English
Deposited On:07 Nov 2022 12:05
Metadata Last Modified:08 Nov 2022 09:48

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