WEATHER OUTLOOK DOWNSCALING WORKSHOP IN OLOITOKITO, KAJIADO
IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) are implementing a pilot project which is being supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, focusing on four vulnerable communities in Oloitokitok, Reru, Nyahera and Nganyi. These communities are located in Kajiado, Kisumu and Vihiga Counties. The project aims at strengthening the capacity of the vulnerable communities in climate risk reduction for improved agricultural production and food security. This is to be achieved through development and timely dissemination of tailor made, demand driven agro-meteorology products and services to the user farmers.
JRC Training on Remote Sensing
The training workshop on remote sensing for conservation was hosted by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) and jointly organized with the Zoological Society of London and the CEOS Biodiversity Group. The training workshop focussed on real-world implementation of remote sensing data to conservation policy with a particular focus on developing countries and how existing remote sensing methods, tools and products have been and can be used to guide conservation policy. Further developments and integration of remote sensing data and tools for biodiversity and conservation was discussed.
Training in Crop Monitoring with Remote Sensing, Ispra - Italy
To highlight some core issues from the training that could be beneficial to ICPAC’s staff;
-SPIRITS is useful in monitoring agriculture using time series data e.g. Vegetation Index data over a long time period
The 2010-2011 Post Drought Situation Analysis For Northern Kenya- With Special Reference To Turkana & Wajir Counties
In mid-2011 a major food crisis, affecting 13 million people, was declared across parts of Eastern Africa, and Oxfam launched its largest ever funding appeal in the continent. Livestock died, harvests failed, and families’ livelihoods were destroyed. Triggered by, in some places, the poorest rains in 60 years, the crisis was ultimately exacerbated by man-made factors such as poor governance, conflict, chronic neglect of remote arid regions, and under-investment in small-scale food producers such as farmers and pastoralists.