Room to Adapt: Enhancing Food Security in East Africa
Silvia Silvestri1, Patti Kristjanson2, Mariana Cristina Rufino3, Sabine Douxchamps4, Maren Radeny1, Wiebke Förch1, Joash Mango2, Ianetta Mutie1, Anthony Ndungu2, Carlos Quiros1
1International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
What is the room to adapt? Can we learn from the food secure households? Are there factors that have more control over food security? What are the agricultural options and management strategies that are likely to benefit smallholders? This study aims at giving an answer to these questions by exploring the differences in food security between farmers. In doing so we use a gender lens, targeting female-headed households in particular. This analysis is based on a detailed farm characterisation survey carried on in three sites and 600 households in three countries of East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) across a range of agricultural systems and environments. This unique dataset allows us to explore a wide range of indicators that capture different aspects of household performance and well-being and differences in these measures between households, including food security, activity diversity, market orientation, assets, income, and labour use.
Keywords: Adaptation, climate change, crops, food security, livestock, smallholders
Contact Address: Silvia Silvestri, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Old Naivash Road P.O. Box 30709, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya, e-mail: s.silvestricgiar.org