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Access to climate change information and support services by the vulnerable groups in semi-arid Kenya for adaptive capacity development

Women and the elderly living in semi-arid areas of Kenya are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and need better access to climate information and support services to build their adaptive capacity. This study explores the channels through which these people access climate information and support services. It finds that over 70 per cent of both women and the elderly perceived change in rainfall, drought, floods, and human and livestock diseases to have been ‘severe’ to ‘very severe’ over the last five years. Majority of women found radio to be the most useful source of information while the elderly preferred indigenous knowledge. Women consistently rated radio higher than the elderly for delivering reliable information, explaining details and the use of local language. The study concludes that capacity building is required to improve the interpretation of weather data to enable effective dissemination of climate information and support services to vulnerable people.