In Kenya, climate change is threatening a way of life for pastoralists. It’s driving families deeper into poverty. When drought hits, men travel for weeks in search of water and greener pastures for their livestock herds. The women and children are left behind with no stable source of food or income.
For the latest and final episode of Unfold, Season 2, podcast host Amy Quinton travels to Kenya to learn more about how climate change and poverty intersect. UC Davis agricultural economists are researching the pairing of two intervention programs, including a type of climate insurance policy, to keep these vulnerable populations from falling so deep into poverty that they have no way to recover.
In this episode:
- Michael Carter, professor of agricultural and resource economics, and director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience at UC Davis, with research in Kenya funded by USAID.
- Tom Lenaruti, project coordinator, BOMA Project
- Nathan Jensen, economist at the International Livestock Research Institute
In season 2, Unfold explores the solutions to and complexities of climate change. It is available free, on demand at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon’s Tunein, Stitcher, Pandora and Spotify. It is hosted by Amy Quinton and co-hosted by Kat Kerlin. It is produced by Cody Drabble. Original music for Unfold comes from UC Davis alumnus Damien Verrett and Curtis Jerome Haynes. Follow on Twitter at @Unfoldpodcast.