Kenya develops ‘Climate Atlas’ to protect food supply


Kenya is set to launch a weather modelling system to help farmers protect their crops and cope with the devastation caused by floods and drought conditions.

Developed by researchers at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, the Climate Atlas is due to be launched early next year. The system will provide farmers with projections on rainfall and temperature patterns across Kenya for the years 2050-2100.

Kenya to launch Climate Atlas

While Kenya’s weather modelling system is far from the first of its kind, it is the only one that provides localised data for Kenya’s 47 counties across an extended period. The web application was developed by John Wesonga to be accessible to farmers across the country and help them deal with weather patterns before they strike.

For example, farmers can use the Climate Atlas to predict when heavy rainfall is due and build more dykes or greenhouses. Likewise, farmers will be able to create better irrigation systems ahead of projected drought conditions. By using a weather modelling system, farmers can invest their resources where the most impact can be made.

Climate change is causing increasingly erratic weather patterns across East Africa. Heavy rains and flooding are compounded by drought conditions resulting in increased levels of hunger across various parts of Kenya. Agricultural technology is seen as a key factor in dealing with changing weather patterns.

Featured image: “Kenya in drought. Kenya 2006. Photo: AusAID” flickr photo by DFAT photo library shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.