Kenya

At a Glance

Kenya’s economy is largely dependent on tourism and rainfed agriculture, both susceptible to climate change and extreme weather events. Increasing heat and recurrent droughts contribute to severe crop and livestock losses, leading to famine, displacement, and other threats to human health and wellbeing. Kenya’s predominantly low-lying coastline and surrounding islands are at risk from sea level rise, with significant implications for the fisheries sector and storm surge protection. Agriculture is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the country, largely driven by enteric fermentation from livestock.

    Climate Projections and Impacts

    Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2018) for more information. 

    Climate Projections

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    Drought icon

    Increased Incidence of Dry Spells/Droughts & Increased Heat Wave Duration

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    Increased/More Frequent Precipitation

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    Sea Level Rise

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    Increased Temperature

    Key Climate Impact Areas

    Agriculture

    Ecosystems

    Energy & Infrastructure

    Human Health

    Water

    Funding and Key Indicators


    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)

    Total

    $1 Million

    Adaptation

    $1 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability

    Medium

    Population (2020)

    53.5 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth

    5.63%

    % Forested Area

    7.8%

    Climate Change Information

    Kenya Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    Students from St. Scholastica Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya studied the links between weather patterns and malaria occurrences using mosquito habitat mapping within the Lake Victoria region in Kenya.
    Synthia Ontita, Research and Project Management Associate of The Youth Cafe, discusses the importance of youth involvement in Africa’s sustainable development.
    My passion for entrepreneurship started when I was pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Clothing Textiles at Egerton University. I started a shop to sell soft furnishing for fabrics such as bed covers, curtains, baby sets etc. This business however did not go as smooth as I had earlier imagined.