Few kind words have been written about El Niño – that dreaded bearer of floods and droughts. Yet a bit of planning and investment has seen communities in Kenya benefit from the weather phenomenon, as Sarah Barr from our international team explains.
The semi-arid landscape of Kitui County hides no secrets. Droughts in the dry season, floods during the rainy season, it’s little wonder that farmers face such difficulty growing crops in a climate that fluctuates so wildly.
Most people here do some form of agriculture, whether it’s simply growing enough food to feed their families, or to sell at market for a modest income.
Changes in weather patterns can lead to food shortages, impacting people’s livelihoods and health, so we were following El Niño very closely.