Change of weather is not a new phenomenon. From the time in memorial, communities understood how the weather patterns changed. They observed behaviours in plants, insects, birds, people, the astronomic, and cultural beliefs that said it was time to plant. A birds chirping sound or a down dance warned farmers to till the land. They warned of too much or little rains that would be late, or early. But over the years, climate change effects like floods and droughts have become unpredictable and frequent. Environmental degradation due to human activities has also interfered with the natural environment hence threatening the indigenous knowledge relied upon for ages.
For this episode, the Africa climate conversations visited Mbeere, in Embu, Eastern Kenya. We met up with Peter Njeru Ngoshi, an indigenous weather forecaster and project manager at Information Technology and Indigenous Knowledge with intelligence (ITIKI). Ngoshi has been working with communities to observe and document indigenous climate knowledge. This information is integrated with the county government’s Kenya meteorological department’s observed weather information, packaged into weather advisories, then disseminated to different sectors, including agriculture, health, and security.