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Building Resilience Through Locally Led Climate Action: The Significance of Kenya’s Participatory Scenario Planning

Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) workshops were conducted in nine counties in Kenya during the release of the national forecast for March, April, and May (MAM) rains by the Kenya Meteorological Department. These efforts aimed to translate high-level climate data into actionable strategies for communities, fostering climate resilience.

Seasonal forecasts are essential for communities to prepare themselves for potential climate hazards such as heat stress, floods, and droughts. When the Kenya Meteorological Department released the national forecast for the March, April, and May (MAM) rainfall season, it marked a critical moment for local planning. Using this information, communities can engage in early action and informed decision-making.

Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) workshops are gatherings where advanced meteorological insights and local experiences come together, leading to the creation of advisories tailored to local contexts and needs. By turning high-level climate data into concrete strategies, the PSP workshops support farmers, fishermen, pastoralists, and others whose livelihoods depend on food systems, thus enhancing local capacity to navigate and adapt to climate challenges.

Participants engage in group discussion and presentations for sectoral advisories in various Counties during the PSP Workshops.  Photo Credit: Alliance Bioversity International and CIAT


Convened by the Kenya Meteorological Department, with support from AICCRA, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT and in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute, the recent PSP workshops brought together stakeholders from various sectors across nine counties of Kwale, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, and Baringo. These collaborative efforts explored the implications of the upcoming MAM 2024 seasonal forecast on agriculture and communities.

Authors: Joseline Kiogora and Aniruddha Ghosh

Contributions from: Paul Murage (KMD), Majambo Gamoyo, Anastasia Wahome, Liz Ogutu, Stephen Sande, Grace Koech, Joseph Chemutt, Steven Sotelo, Carlos Navarro