Innovation and Distress: Managing Multiple Uncertainties in Laikipia, Kenya

Research Update By Jeremy Lind (Institute of Development Studies, Sussex) and John Letai (Oxfam GB Regional Office, Nairobi)
FAC Pastoralist Theme, November 2010

  • Pastoralism researchers analyse coping innovations during the 2009 drought that pushed Maasai herders to Mount Kenya.
  • Despite previous brittle social relations, agreements between ranchers and farmers permitted limited grazing of cattle and sheep inside commercial ranches on a controlled basis
  • Herders also cooperated with small-holder farmers living adjacent to the Mt. Kenya forest, whereby Maasai kept the animals on farms during the night and grazed inside the forest at night.
  • Research also noted preference for smaller and improved breeding stock and livelihood diversification.
  • Social contracts and other drought coping strategies will be presented in detail in early 2011 as input into Kenya’s Arid Lands Resource Management Project and its Natural Resource Management component.
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