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Biblioteca Scaling up Sustainable Agriculture Land Management in Bungoma County, Kenya

Scaling up Sustainable Agriculture Land Management in Bungoma County, Kenya

Scaling up Sustainable Agriculture Land Management in Bungoma County, Kenya

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Fevereiro 2015
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handle:10568/68429
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Agricultural landscapes must provide food, fiber and energy to

a growing population in a changing climate, while potentially

serving as instruments for climate change mitigation. Agriculture

is the backbone of the Kenyan economy, contributing approximately

25% of the GDP annually and employing more than 75%

of the population (The Government of Kenya 2010). The development

of agriculture is also important for poverty reduction since

most of the vulnerable groups, like pastoralists, the landless, and

subsistence farmers, depend on agriculture as their main source

of livelihoods. Growth in the sector is therefore expected to have

a greater impact on a larger section of the population than any

other sector. This is especially true in Bungoma County in western

Kenya, where the agriculture sector is projected to provide up to

70 percent of jobs between 2013 and 2017 (The County Government

of Bungoma 2013).However, climate change presents many

challenges, as well as new opportunities, for the development of

agriculture, and Bungoma County needs to promote and support

sustainable agricultural practices that will improve agricultural

productivity, as well as help farmers adapt to and mitigate climate

change, at both small and large scale, as outlined in the Bungoma

County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2013-2017. This brief

provides a review of the potential benefits of Sustainable Agriculture

Land Management (SALM) practices, the relevant policy

context for implementing them in Bungoma County and suggests

policy steps that could be taken by the County government to

scale them up.

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Shames, Seth
Recha, John
Heiner, Krista
Wekesa, Amos
Kapukha, Martha
Vi Agroforestry
Environmental Resources Management Center for Sustainable Development

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