Drought Adaptations in Kenya

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Award Year: 
2014
Principal Investigator: 
Datu Buyung Agusdinata, Arizona State University
Venkatesh Merwade, Purdue University

Severe problems of drought represent some of the most pressing humanitarian, environmental, and political challenges of our time. The objective of this project is to develop a system model that can be used to provide policy makers with reliable information and analyses so that they can make well-informed decisions on resilient water-related infrastructures in developing regions. The project will develop an integrated modeling framework to advance our understanding of complex interactions among the natural/environmental, physical, and social/political drivers contributing to drought severity. Specifically, the project will investigate how weather patterns affect water availability, which largely determines crop yields and livestock production and hence food availability. In addition, the project will study how the social-political realities contribute to aggravate or alleviate the drought impacts. Based on this understanding, the project will explore how policy instruments can be used to support drought adaptation responses. The project deliverable will be a prototype system model that addresses the drought situation faced by Kenya continuously over the past years.

Participants: 
Keith Alverson, United Nations Environment Programme
Zhe Guo, International Food Policy Research Institute
Nancy Karanja, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Ali Mirchi, Michigan Technological University
Herbert Mwachiro, Kenyan National Environment Management Authority, Environment Institute of Kenya
Claire Nelson, The Futures Forum, Development Foresight Institute
Mary Njenga, World Agroforestry Centre
Jesse Njoka, Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies
Justus Ogembo, University of New Hampshire
Maggie Opondo, University of Nairobi
Sunya Orre, Kenyan National Drought Management Authority
Ana Prados, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Mesfin Loha Shumbulo, World Vision International
Young-Jun Son, University of Arizona
Jie Song, Northern Illinois University
Niber Baba Tierto, World Vision International
David Watkins, Michigan Technological University
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