Dr. Dorcas Kalele

Dorcas is a PlanAdapt Fellow, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Her professional work focuses on designing and implementing projects and programs in climate change adaptation, sustainable policies, institutions, and investments in agriculture and rural development. She is passionate about collaborative and innovative research and processes with diverse expertise and actors to produce the best science-policy-practice interface and context-specific knowledge for sustainable food systems and climate-resilient future. She is also an advocate for gender and social inclusion for sustainable climate change adaptation and food security.

She has extensive working experience in implementing projects and research with international organizations such as World Bank, the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN), Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa, Global Challenges Research Fund, SNV, Netherlands Development Organization and COLEACP. She has also worked closely with national governments, local non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations in capacity building and training projects. Her publications include: Kalele DN, Ogara WO, Oludhe C, Onono JO (2021: Climate change impacts and relevance of smallholder farmers’ response in arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya; Kalele DN, Oludhe C, Onono JO, Ogara WO. (2021): Historical Climatic Trends and Smallholder Farmers’ Perceptions of Climate Variability and Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of Kenya; Motaroki L., Ouma G., Kalele D. (2021): “Conservation Agriculture,” Possible Climate Change Adaptation Option in Taita Hills, Kenya; Dorcas Kalele (2016): Climate-smart Agriculture Options for Improved Resilience and Food Security for Smallholder farmers in Yatta sub-County, Machakos County, Kenya

Dorcas holds a Ph.D. in Climate Change and Adaptation from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Her research focused on integrating climate-smart agriculture options for enhanced resilience and food security for smallholder farmers: A case study of Yatta, Machakos County, Kenya. Dorcas also holds a Master of Science degree in Nematology from Ghent University in Belgium.

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