South and East Africa




06th to 13th July, 2014

Main Themes

Climate Change, Food Security, Natural Resources Management



Learning Route

Natural Resources Management and Local Solutions to adapt to Climate Change

Livelihoods in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Region are intrinsically tied to and dependent on natural resources, especially land and water, thus making the issues of climate change and natural resources management critical to the sustenance of rural communities.

To promote the two twin issues of climate change and natural resources management, especially among International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) projects and partners, PROCASUR Corporation, in collaboration with IFAD, organized a Learning Route (LR) under the banner of “Natural Resource Management and Climate Change Adaptation Best Practices. The experience in Kenya”. The Learning Route was designed with the main objective of encouraging the scaling-up of the Kenyan best multi-stakeholders strategies and practices to fight environmental degradation and adapt to climate change while improving rural livelihood of people living in affected areas.

A total of sixteen (16) participants from Kenya (47%), Ethiopia (11.5%), Lesotho (30%) and Rwanda (11.5%) were trained during the LR project that took place in Kenya between the 6th and the 13th of July 2014. The specific objectives of the 8-day journey were the following:


  1. Understand natural resource management (NRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) from a public-private partnership perspective;
  2. Learn from rural innovative communities how to develop local solutions for NRM and CCA in Arid and semi-arid lands;
  3. Develop adaptation and management strategies that alleviate poverty and improve livelihoods through new income generation activities.



Three cases hosted the project, namely: IFAD funded Upper Tana Natural Resources Management Project (UTaNRMP) which aims at reversing environmental degradation while at the same time improving livelihoods; the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security programme (CCAFS), and the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) implemented by CARE International in Kenya.

From the beginning of the Learning Route, the participants were invited to reflect and work by country team or organization on the design on an Action Plan (AP). The AP is a methodological tool that enables participants to reinforce the learning acquired during the LR and promote its practical application to the participants’ own realities and within their organizations activities.

Host Cases

The projects MKEPP and UTaNRMP address the key link between poverty and natural resources degradation from an Integrated Participatory Approach involving local communities. Both project interventions focus on livelihood improvement activities, which result in better management of the environment.

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The CCAFS’s intervention is based on an integrated approach and shows how community resilience to climate change is greatly increased through localizing weather information and disseminating this in a timely manner to farmers so that they can make informed decisions on what to plant and when. Different weather forecasts is undertaken to enable farmers to make informed decisions. Resilience is further boosted by diversification of crops grown and integrating this with livestock keeping. Technologies for adaptation in form of seedlings and fertilizers are availed while government staff also provides extension services.

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The Adaptation Learning Programme deals with localizing weather information to local conditions. The specificity of the programme is the combination of scientific climate information and indigenous traditional knowledge. Those are shared and analyzed during the Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) workshops: an innovative multi stakeholder approach in which scientists, local communities and government staff are actively involved. The intervention seeks to implement an inclusive decision making process to allow farmers to make informed decisions with regards to their activities.

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