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Community based adaptation to climate change in Africa

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In Kenya, droughts and floods have becomemore frequent and intense. The country has also seen increased average temperatures, more extreme hot days, and colder nights, successive crop failures, as well as the spread of vector-borne diseases like malaria to places where the disease is not known to be endemic. These climate driven changes affect resources critical to the health and prosperity of Kenya. For example, the1999/2000L a Nina droughts resulted in 4.7 million Kenyans facing starvation, while the effects of the 2008/2009 drought could be worse with unofficial reports putting thenumber of people facing hunger at some 10 million. These impacts and others portend a worsening of the situation in the future given that the global green house gases (GHG) emissions are continuing unabated. This document highlight local level initiative responding to these challenges.