Adoption of climate smart technologies in East Africa: Findings from two surveys and participatory exercises with farmers and local experts

Adoption of climate smart technologies in East Africa: Findings from two surveys and participatory exercises with farmers and local experts

As part of the “Policy Action for Climate Change Adaptation” (PACCA) project this info note summarizes findings of a project activity entitled “Influencing and linking policies and institutions from national to local level for the development and adoption of climate‐resilient food systems in East Africa” undertaken by researchers from Bioversity International and Arizona State University. By conducting a network analysis and participatory exercises with district officials and farmers, the study assesses the extent to which farmers are adopting agricultural practices and correlates the findings about the size and “make up” of the networks in which the farmers are embedded.

Key messages:

  • CSTs, including practices, are critical enablers of climate‐informed agricultural practices that enhance food security
  • there is a remarkable amount of agrobiodiversity on the study sites and farmers are able to identify an important number of CSTs
  • the uptake of CSTs by farmers in the study sites was found to be very low
  • the capacity of the extension systems should be strengthened to support farmers’ knowledge about how, and under which conditions, particular CSTs should be implemented
  • there is a need to create learning alliances and other spaces whereby networks of farmers and technology providers can be initiated and strengthened
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