Improving Equitable Access to Climate-Related Information in KenyaTrade and Market Information Platforms
Sauti has been awarded IKI funding for equitable access to climate-related information and adaptation tools for women farmers.
Sauti is excited to announce a partnership with International Climate Initiative (IKI) Small Grants Programme to create equitable access to climate-related information and adaptation tools for women farmers. We will be completing one of 25 projects. IKI’s total funding for their Small Grants Programme is 3.5 million euros – all proposed projects are aimed towards mitigating the impacts of climate change to improve the livelihoods of women and youth.
Current projections of climate change impacts are set to increase the challenges to sustainable agricultural crops and livestock livelihoods throughout Kenya. According to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, “droughts, floods, livestock diseases and armed conflicts are wiping out their livelihoods, underscoring the need for Kenya to help its poorest population adapt by developing sustainable ways of making a living in the drylands.”
Sauti will be receiving €127,400 of funding, with plans for the project to run through to May of 2025. Leveraging on the reach and impact of our our current USSD/SMS information platforms, we will be adding new climate-related information such as:
- real-time weather forecasts,
- seasonal climate hazards,
- agricultural adaptation strategies,
- climate risk management tools,
- climate finance opportunities,
- and up-to-date trade as well as market information.
This information will be targeted towards 15,000 women farmers, including 500 women farmers who will be directly trained through workshops.
Providing women farmers with climate related data will allow them to plan the growth of their crops sustainably and consistently. The importance of making this data more accessible is especially relevant towards women farmers, considering that the agricultural sector of rural Kenya employs nearly 70% of the country’s population. Notably, as much as 80% of women in the agricultural sector don’t have access to smartphones and internet services, but do have mobile phones that receive USSD/SMS services.