This article examines challenges to food security in areas especially vulnerable to the effects of climate variability and change, and the potential contribution of seasonal climate forecasting. Drawing on long-term study of the way environmental information is developed and circulates, and on recent fieldwork in Western Kenya, the article describes how climate variability exacerbates food insecurity; the kinds of climate information that are now being developed; and the kinds of technologies, organizations, and expertise that will be needed if new forms of climate information are to benefit vulnerable populations. Findings indicate that new forms of expertise need to be developed at all scales, and that linkage among stakeholders and between organizations functioning at different scales will be a considerable challenge.
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This field research was supported financially by the Humanities, Arts, Architecture and Social Science (HAAS) Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The completion of this manuscript was made possible by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship award. Although many individuals have contributed in many ways, we take responsibility for the material presented in this article.
Edited by Mitsuru Osaki and Ademola Braimoh, Hokkaido University, Japan.
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Rarieya, M., Fortun, K. Food security and seasonal climate information: Kenyan challenges. Sustain Sci 5, 99–114 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-009-0099-8
- Climate variability and change
- Environmental degradation
- Food security
- Sustainable agriculture
- Modes of expertise
- Climate forecast information