Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 441–452, 2016

Special issue: Climate, land use, and conflict in Africa

Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 441–452, 2016

Research article 10 May 2016

Research article | 10 May 2016

Actors and networks in resource conflict resolution under climate change in rural Kenya

Grace W. Ngaruiya and Jürgen Scheffran

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Climate change complicates rural conflict resolution dynamics and institutions. There is urgent need for conflict-sensitive adaptation in Africa. The study of social network data reveals three forms of fused conflict resolution arrangements in Loitoktok, Kenya. Where, extension officers, council of elders, local chiefs and private investors are potential conduits of knowledge. Efficiency of rural conflict resolution can be enhanced by diversification in conflict resolution actors and networks.
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