Climate Change and Bioenergy Report: Case Studies of Oyola and Wekesi Villages, Nyando District, Nyanza Province, Kenya

The significance of bioenergy has of necessity been elevated both nationally and internationally, since it is also a means of alleviating the impact of global warming through efficient energy utilization; and is potentially an ecologically friendly tool for poverty eradication. For Kenya, this efficient use of bioenergy has been encouraged through setting development goals encompassing the provision of sustainable bioenergy to Kenyans. The report provides baseline information on bioenergy consumption, and the relationship to climate change from the village level, using specific variables related to farming, livelihoods and climatic seasonal variations. The study notes how at the village level, Kenyans who reside in areas affected by climate change (evidenced in this case by extensive flooding and drought) have responded to the use of biofuels. It also looks at the relationship between household energy consumption and climate change in the target villages.