KALRO Kilimo Bora

Climate Risk Management and Agricultural Extension (CRMAE)

This is a a short course curriculum on the topic of Climate Risk Management in Agricultural Extension (CRMAE) for Kenyan public and private EAS providers, building off the experiences of CRMAE implementation in both Ethiopia and Senegal. This course is intended to be used during implementation of the CRMAE course targeting Kenya’s subject matter specialists (SMS) and extension staff, including development agents (DAs). This includes, but is not limited to, teachers of Kenya’s Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) program and its associated colleges. This Facilitators’ Guide was designed to ensure that all of the learning objectives are addressed effectively in the time allotted for each of the four modules that comprise the CRMAE course. It provides facilitators with a roadmap and step-by-step instructions for each of the modules and their sub-components, including each session’s agenda, presentations, activities, and worksheets.

The Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) project aims to enhance access to climate information services and validated climate-smart agriculture technologies in Africa, to help these countries strengthen the resilience of their agricultural sectors to the threat posed by climate change. Strengthening the capacity of next users, particularly agricultural extension and advisory service (EAS) providers who work to support farmers in Kenya and five other target countries, is crucial for achieving this goal.

Towards these ends, the AICCRA project has been working to co-design curricula targeting the agricultural extension systems in each of the six AICCRA target countries to build foundational knowledge and skills to manage climate risk. These curricula aim to help EAS providers to take advantage of best-available and location-specific climate information and tools in their countries to better plan for, manage, and respond to a changing and varying climate. They also aim to pragmatically support the tailoring and communication of such information to meaningfully inform on-farm agricultural decision-making and build wider resilience of the agricultural sector.

 

Target Audience

  1. County school instructors (farmer training school instructors)
  2. County agricultural extension staff (subject matter specialists) and sub-county agricultural extension staff
  3. County meteorological service staff
  4. National level staff from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Department (MoA)
  5. Directorate on Knowledge Management and Capacity Building
  6. Climate Change Unit (CCU), and its Agricultural Information Resource Centre (AIRC)
  7. Kenya School of Agriculture,
  8. Kenya Meteorological Department’s Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR),
  9. Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization’s staff leading its e-learning platform targeting the agricultural extension system with improved capacities to manage climate risk.

 

Partners

MODULE 1: CLIMATE BASICS

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SECTION 1.1: BASIC CLIMATE CONCEPTS – Definitions

Module 1: Climate Basics provides foundational knowledge about climate concepts, data and common data analyses, and forecasts. It also addresses common client farmers’ questions and concerns about weather and climate, and includes probability concepts that are foundational for understanding and managing risk, and for interpreting and using climate information to support risk management.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of weather, climate, and climate change
  • Characterize the climate of the country
  • Understand climate data, climate information, and their limitations
  • Apply statistical concepts in climate
  • Interpret seasonal climate forecasts
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SECTION 1.1: BASIC CLIMATE CONCEPTS – Dimensions of Climate
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SECTION 1.1: BASIC CLIMATE CONCEPTS – Main Components of Weather and Climate
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QUIZ 1: CLIMATE BASICS
5 questions
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SECTION 1.2: THE CLIMATE OF KENYA – Main Features of Kenyan Climate
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SECTION 1.2: THE CLIMATE OF KENYA – Temporal Characteristics of Climates in Kenya
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SECTION 1.2: THE CLIMATE OF KENYA – Main factors determining climate of Kenya
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SECTION 1.2: THE CLIMATE OF KENYA – Climate Variability in Kenya

MODULE 2: CLIMATE INFORMATION PRODUCTS AND TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR AGRICULTURE

MODULE 3: UNDERSTANDING CLIMATE-SENSITIVE AGRICULTURAL DECISIONS

MODULE 4: COMMUNICATING CLIMATE INFORMATION AND SUPPORTING ITS USE

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