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Responding to Kenya's changing climate

24 March 2016

Date: 16 March 2016

In eastern Kenya, the dry season is getting longer, and rainfall is less predictable. Only two per cent of people have enough food throughout the year, and almost half the children under five are malnourished. Maize is the predominant crop – but three out of four maize harvests fail.

With investments from IFAD and the European Union, researchers have been looking at crops that can withstand dry conditions to help farmers adapt to the changing weather patterns.

Sorghum grows in areas where many other crops can’t, because it can tolerate high levels of heat and drought. It needs about half the amount of water that maize does, and it’s also highly nutritious for humans and animals.

Now the researchers have to convince the farmers to make the switch to a new crop.