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Kenyan farmers use online groups to plan for adverse climate changes

Inside his feed store in Kajiado, south of Nairobi, Kenya's capital, livestock farmer Paul Sosonik has tens of hay bales that he has stored for his 12 Friesian dairy cows. Sosonik has further stored some silage in a bunker, but it is not as much as the hay. "I grew the fodder grass in March; the rains were not adequate but I managed to harvest, and store," he said.

While his animals are assured of feed, he knows the coming months are not going to be easy as the east African nation is going to experience drought. "I belong to several farmers' social media groups and the weather forecast in the coming months was posted there. We know how tough it is going to be," he said.

Between October to December, Eastern Africa will experience drier than usual periods, according to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction Center. Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia are among countries in the region that will experience a tough climate.

"Observations of rainfall over the past months reveal that the region has been facing rainfall deficits in many parts of central and southern East Africa and this is forecasted to continue until December 2021," observes IGAD in its latest forecast released Thursday.


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