Climate change has led to changes in weather patterns in Kenya. It has made the weather pattern erratic and unpredictable. Because of climate change, it has become extremely difficult to predict the onset of the rains, the amount of rainfall expected and its duration. Many adults in the country will attest to significant changes in current weather patterns compared to their childhood years. They confirm that the weather patterns have become more erratic making it more difficult to farm and confidently expect a good harvest. Historically, in most parts of the country, long rains begun in March and ended in May. On the other hand, short rains begun in September and ended in October. However, nowadays, it is extremely difficult to predict the onset of the short and long rains. Last year the long rains begun late April while the short rains begun in October. When it rains, it either rains too much or too little. There are years where the country receives very little rainfall leading to droughts followed by year(s) of too much rainfall resulting in floods. The unpredictability of the weather has greatly affected farmers who rely on rainfall for their crops. In March 2018, croplands across the country were destroyed by heavy rainfall. While in 2017, the drought that ravaged the country was declared a national emergency. The drought that begun in December of 2016, left many croplands withered dry from lack of water. According to experts, the high temperatures experienced during the period of drought was as a result of climate change. Jitokeze Wamama Waafrika educates farmers on climate change and also works to protect vulnerable farmers from its adverse effects. Through the white Sorghum white Sorghum project farmers are now able to understand the value of planting the commercial drought resistant crop in times when the weather is unpredictable.  

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