THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE ECONOMY OF KENYA

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This  project paper  aims  to  highlight  the  impacts  of  climate  change  on  the  economy  of Kenya. The  paper  seeks to  address  the  challenges  faced  by  the  government  of  Kenya  to handle the  various  economic  obstacles  as  a  result  of  climate  change  on  the  various  parts of  the country.  Specific objective of this study are; To  study  the  history  of  climate  change in  Kenya; To  explain  the  relationship  between  climate  change  and the  economic  growth decline  in  the  Kenyan  economy; To  evaluate  the  effectiveness  of  Kenya’s  national  climate change  strategies.  In meeting these objectives, the study will examine the questions: What are the major climate change impacts in Kenya? How does climate change affect Kenya’s economic performance? What  are  the  possible  ways  which  can  help  reduce  the  impacts  of  climate change?  Research  methodology was  based  on  both  primary  and  secondary data  collection. Secondary data was mainly derived from academic books, IPCC reports, and online journals and primary data was collected by interviewing people and administering a survey questionnaire. Some  of  the  data  collected  were  analyzed  and  presented  in  form  of  a tables. Lacking enough  funds  to  go  and  visit  the  places  where  agriculture  is  practiced  by  the  majority people  was  also  a  major challenge. During the research  the researcher  faced many limitations such as lack of funds, and getting  detailed  information  on some key issues. The  key  findings of the study are; the  change  in  weather  and   climate  adversely  affects  many sectors but agricultural  sector is facing severe challenges which is the main source of income for majority of the Kenyans and national GDP.  The paper  shows  various  methods  which  can  be  used  to reduce   the effects   of  climate   change   and   also   how   to   utilize   the   effects   of   climate change.  Climate change  affects  the  economic  performance  of  a  country  as  a  result  of  the major  sectors  of  contributing  for  the  economy  is  reduced  to  its  capability  of  performing greatly due to changes in  weather patterns.

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