Reducing climate risk in the Greater Horn of Africa
Countries in the Greater Horn of Africa are highly vulnerable to drought. Even with normal rainfall, the region does not produce enough food to meet its needs. More than 11 million people needed emergency aid when the rains failed in 2011. With climate change, droughts are becoming more frequent and more severe in the region.

Since 2007, a research initiative led by Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture has been working to improve seasonal forecasting information for farmers, extension workers, and development organizations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania. Teams have assessed vulnerability to drought in different contexts, and designed and tested tools to help people make well-informed choices about crops, and water and soil management techniques to reduce climate-related risk. Today, producers are adopting soil conservation and water harvesting techniques that proved effective in experimentation. They are demanding and using more accurate climate information to plan their seasonal activities.

This gallery introduces some of those behind the research, together with farmers and pastoralists in Kenya and Tanzania who have benefited from adopting agricultural practices that are in tune with improved seasonal forecasts.

The project “Managing Risk and Reducing Vulnerability in the Greater Horn of Africa” was led by Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture, with funding from the IDRC-DFID Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program.

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