Tag Archives: Political ecology

Local experience of climate change in Kenya

Kenya is on the frontline of changes to the global climate.  Local communities report that weather is becoming more variable and less predictable.

Fieldwork, West Pokot
Fieldwork, West Pokot

Although many people label this “climate change”, the reasons for these changes and their impacts on already difficult, rural lives are not always obvious!

The VALUES project (full title “Global Climate Change and Kenya: Vulnerability and Adaptation of Livelihoods Under Environmental Stress“) ran from 2010-2013 and involved multiple students and multiple sites.  We wanted to see what role “climatic” factors played in already complicated rural livelihoods.

Publications and findings will be uploaded soon! (watch this space)

Jocelyne Batchono (2008-2011) MA, Univ. of Ottawa

Major Research Paper (MRP): La désertification au Burkina Faso : les tenants et aboutissants de la lutte. (Jan. 2008 – Apr. 2011)

Burkina Faso village in dry seasonJocelyne investigated the ways in which a globally defined problem (“desertification”), and the Global Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) are actually experienced in Burkina Faso.  Her analysis showed that while Burkina Faso’s environment has undergone significant physical changes, including land degradation, these also have a range of socio-economic causes and consequences.  She showed that while political ecologists and others have described and debated these aspects for decades, they still fall outside the scope of the CCD or the more technical national programmes that “combat desertification”.

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