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Wageningen University (2010)

Integrating farming and scientific knowledge in adaptation technologies to climate change : a technographic analysis of the Tradeoff Analysis model for semi-subsistence agriculture in Kenya

Ng’ang’a, T.W.

Titre : Integrating farming and scientific knowledge in adaptation technologies to climate change : a technographic analysis of the Tradeoff Analysis model for semi-subsistence agriculture in Kenya

Auteur : Ng’ang’a, T.W.

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2010

Résumé
The study contributes to adaptation science the adaptation activities on the ground of agricultural farmers. It analyzes the mode of integrating them with scientific modelling for future anticipatory adaptation. This is discussed as a mean to facilitate adequate development and deployment of technologies designed to reduce current and future vulnerability of the farmers. It analyzes the farmers’ perception on climate variability and change and the strategies they were engaged in. Twelve (12) Focused Groups Discussions and 42 household formal interviews were administered. The scientific response analysed was the process of making Tradeoff Analysis (TOA) model where participatory observation & informal discussions were used as methodology. The farmers perceive local micro climate change as a reality. The consequences are decreased agricultural productivity impacting on food security. Their adapting techniques are embedded in their individual livelihood strategies. The TOA model is testing technologies in potato and sweet potato production for their economic, environmental and policies sustainability. A comparison of the two practices resulted into synergies, Tradeoffs and modes of integrating the two practices. It demonstrated the value and the need of integrating the practise of farmers with the practise of science through the approach of social shaping of technology (SST).

Mots clés : farming / good practices / perception / climatic change / adaptation / livelihood strategies / innovation adoption / subsistence farming / kenya / africa south of sahara

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