How do African SMEs respond to climate risks? Evidence from Kenya and Senegal

This journal article investigates to what extent and how micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries are adapting to climate risks.

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Trade-offs for climate-resilient pastoral livelihoods in wildlife conservancies in the Mara Ecosystem, Kenya

This journal article examines some of the livelihood trade-offs pastoralists in Kenya must make when participating in conservancies, and the mechanisms through which they manage their livestock herds to cope with shrinking ranges.

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Enabling private sector adaptation in developing countries and their semi-arid regions – case studies of Senegal and Kenya

This working paper addresses the gap in the adaptation literature by reviewing the key factors required to provide an enabling environment for the private sector, with a focus on adaptation by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the semi-arid lands of Kenya and Senegal.

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Small Grants Programme: Deconstructing a pastoralists’ network to evaluate climate adaptation in the sector: A case study of Narok, Kenya

This working paper introduces a four-pillar pastoralism adaptation strategy for enhanced sector productivity. Using data from Narok County in Kenya, this paper explains how pastoralists’ social network is configured to transmit adaptation knowledge and the challenges associated with pastoral resource governance.

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Small Grants Programme: Trade offs for climate-resilient pastoral livelihoods in wildlife conservancies in the Mara Ecosystem, Kenya

This working paper explores how involvement in conservation and tourism may be enhancing, or restricting, climate-resilient livelihoods of pastoralists in East Africa. Its results aim to inform conservation and tourism investments to better serve as livelihood opportunities that enhance pastoral resilience.

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Kenya: Country situation assessment

This report aims to identify research gaps that will inform policy formulation and mitigate negative climate change impacts to improve the livelihoods and welfare of communities in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands.

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Climate risk management

This report contributes to the knowledge base for the management of climate risk to build economic resilience in semi-arid regions by analysing the main challenges to climate risk management in semi-arid zones, and identifying areas and sectors in which climate risk management represents a challenge in Africa and Asia. It also suggests new research directions, and recommends that policy makers and private sector actors should give greater consideration to the climate risk management dimension.

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Coping with climate risk: the role of institutions, governance and finance in private adaptation decisions of the poor

How can political and economic institutions affect – help or hinder – the decisions of the poor and other marginalised groups in semi-arid lands to adapt in the context of changing climate? This report assesses the range of risk-coping mechanisms available to poorer households, with a focus on barriers to adaptation and what these adaptive responses imply for development prospects.

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