Abstract

Globally, many communities are vulnerable to weather-pattern variability. Climate change will act as a threat multiplier by increasing this variability. To combat growing vulnerability, strategies for adaptation must be developed. This study uses interviews and participatory research techniques to examine the effects of a year-long drought on women and poverty dynamics in Gituamba location, Kenya. It concludes that drought has the ability to create poverty traps and produce a poverty of time and energy among women. Some possible adaptation strategies include livelihood diversification, creation of cooperatives, conservation farming, and rehabilitation of communal boreholes.

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