Betty Jepichirchir Rono

Stipendiat / Gastwissenschaftler

Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv)

Deutscher Platz 5e
04103 Leipzig

Betty Jepichirchir Rono

Climate change, especially in Arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) of Africa, poses a devastating threat to the lives of communities in these areas who depend on seasonal rainfall for subsistence. Drought occurrence has increased in the recent years resulting in; decreased water availability, depleted pasture, livestock deaths, crop failure and famine. Development of effective early warning systems as well as weather prediction methods is therefore essential climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce negative impacts on communities who depend on rain-fed agriculture. Betty, through this project, will seek to generate knowledge on drought index, risk assessment, ecosystems management and climate change in Kenyan ASALs. She will achieve this through estimating the frequency of drought by calculation drought Index in semi-arid Eastern Kenya, determining the outcomes of climate variability, challenges as well as opportunities they present for enhancing climate resilience among the ASAL communities in Eastern Kenya and through evaluating the limitations of early warning systems – accuracy and dissemination pathways. The results of this project will be relevant in enhancing knowledge for ASALs adaptation to climate change in Africa and Kenya in particular.

  • Current Research Project: Climate Protection in Kenya: Risk Assessment, Ecosystems Management and Climate Change in Kenyan ASALs
  • 2016: Climate Change Adaptation among Pastoral Communities through Income Diversification.
  • 2013 - 2015: Assessment of Attitudes and Perception towards Ecotourism among Pastoral Communities
  • 2012 - 2013: The impacts of Mau forest eviction on the community’s livelihoods.


since 2017

Alexander von Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellowship, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig


Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Zoology

2013 - 2017

Department of Natural Resources.
Faculty of Environment and Resource Development.
Egerton University.


Agricultural Development Corporation
Mutara ranch Laikipia


Taita Taveta wildlife forum


2013 - 2015

MSc. Natural Resource Management (Human Ecology)
Egerton University, Njoro Kenya.
Thesis: ‘Attitudes and Perceptions Towards Ecotourism among Pastoral Communities in Laikipia County Kenya‘

2009 - 2013

BSc. Wildlife Enterprise Management
Egerton University, Njoro Kenya.

  • Attitudes and perceptions towards Ecotourism among Pastoral Communities in Laikipia, Kenya. - Part of the volume "Rural Innovations for Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa: The case of Community Tourism among Agro-Pastoralists in Kenya" published by Kassel University Press.
  • Adaptation of Ecotourism as a form of Land Use Diversification among Pastoral Communities in Laikipia County, Kenya. Published by UNDP under the Sustainable Land Management project. Theme; “Adaptation to Climate Change through Sustainable Land Management in Dry lands of Kenya: Towards Improving Rural Livelihoods”

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