Assessing climate change awareness and climate-adaptive agricultural strategies in Shamba Maisha, an integrated HIV-care and agricultural livelihood intervention to improve nutrition and health in Western Kenya

Investigator: Tammy Nicastro, MS
Sponsor: Mount Zion Health Fund

Location(s): Kenya


Climate Change, Food insecurity and HIV/AIDS outcomes are inextricably linked in sub-Saharan Africa.  Food insecurity is associated with HIV acquisition risk and worse HIV clinical outcomes.  In Kenya, recurrent floods & droughts negatively impact agricultural production. Most of Kenyan’s livelihoods and economic activities (agriculture, livestock, tourism, forestry, and fisheries) are reliant on climatesensitive natural resources.

We aim to conduct a multisectoral agricultural intervention trial to improve food security and health outcomes and strengthen Kenyan HIV farmer’s resilience to climate change.