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South Eastern Kenya University Researchers Report On Findings In Risk Management (A Systematic Review Of The Literature On The Contribution Of Past Climate Information Services Pilot Projects In Climate Risk Management): Risk Management


2021 NOV 23 (NewsRx) — By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Daily News — Current study results on risk management have been published. According to news reporting from South Eastern Kenya University by NewsRx journalists, research stated, “Many pilot-based initiatives have been developed to promote awareness and use of climate information services among vulnerable smallholder farmers in Africa through million-dollar investments.”

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from South Eastern Kenya University: “However, despite their experimental nature, these pilot projects have been successful in raising participating farmers’ awareness and use of climate information services and they can inform transferrable good practices. Through a systematic literature review approach, this review sought to understand ways in which these past pilot projects have contributed to climate risk management in the context of smallholder farming and the factors that led to their success. Results showed that climate information services’ main contribution to climate risk management has been through facilitating farm level decision making. Factors that led to success of the pilots include: use of downscaled information; building institutional partnerships to add value to climate information; involving farmers through the co-designing and co-developing process; face-to-face communication; embedding pre-seasonal workshops in the activities of local institutions for sustainability; and using diversity of communication channels to enhance reach among others.”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “These factors can be borrowed as good practices to inform future efforts focused on increasing adoption of climate information services among a wider population, beyond the reach of specific pilot projects.”

For more information on this research see: A systematic review of the literature on the contribution of past climate information services pilot projects in climate risk management. Scientific African, 2021,14():e01005. (Scientific African – https://www.journals.elsevier.com/scientific-african). The publisher for Scientific African is Elsevier.

A free version of this journal article is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sciaf.2021.e01005.


Our news journalists report that more information may be obtained by contacting Mary Mwangi, School of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui Kenya. Additional authors for this research include Evans Kituyi, Gilbert Ouma.

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