Down2earth project Aims to help rural East African communities adapt to climate change using state-of-the-art predictions of water scarcity and food insecurity.
A major component of DOWN2EARTH involves improving the accuracy of forecasting climate variability in critical rainy seasons and assessing its impact on the total amount of water stored in soils for agriculture and deeper underground for drinking water supplies.
This improved forecasting will help to better predict impacts on farming, food and water production and increase resilience across this extremely vulnerable region, allowing the population to make better, more informed decisions.
Dr. Oliver Vivian Wasonga from the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology will be representing the University of Nairobi in the consortium as a Co-Principal Investigator, a member of the project management committee and will lead the project implementation at the University of Nairobi and project Coordinator from Kenya. Partners include: Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Hohenheim, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC), Ghent University, University of East Anglia, Food and Agriculture Organization-Somalia Water and Land Information System (FAO-SWALIM), Climate Analytics, BBC Media Action, Action Aid, Transparency Solutions, University of Nairobi, and Addis Ababa University.