Combining traditional weather forecasting and science in Kenya

Supported by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), researchers are working on ways to combine scientific methods with traditional weather forecasting practices in Kenya.

Kenyan farmers have relied on the indigenous weather prediction methods of the Nganyi rainmakers for generations. But extreme weather caused by climate change is affecting the natural signs that rainmakers use to predict weather. Many fear traditional methods are therefore becoming redundant and losing their accuracy.

Kenyan meteorologists are tackling this issue, combining their science-based predictions with traditional forecasts to produce more accurate and better received weather and climate data. Based on the findings of a study by the AfricaAdapt network, these efforts are helping farmers better prepare for changing climatic conditions. AfricaAdapt is supported through the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program, a joint initiative of IDRC and the UK Department for International Development.

Published: 21 Mar 2012

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