Malnutrition and Climate Patterns in the ASALs of Kenya

Reports
Sectors:
Food Security, Climate Change, Nutrition
Organization:
IFPRI, ILRI, USAID, CGIAR
Author:
Sara Signorelli, Carlo Azzarri, and Cleo Roberts
Region:
Africa
Resource Publication Date:
January, 2016
Content Format:
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​This paper, authored by IFPRI researchers,examines resilience in arid and semi-arid lowlands (ASALs) in Kenya and measures two major factors: short and long-term food security in response to changing agro-climatic conditions; and nutrition status of children (age 0 to 59 months) and women (age 15 to 49 years). Results show that temperature shocks are the most detrimental factor for nutrition, and that droughts in particular play a significant role in stunting rates. The authors conclude that climate change has the potential to greatly harm the Kenyan population living in ASALs, and raise the question of whether non-agricultural jobs are sufficient protection against climate shocks.​

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