The project falls under Economic Governance programme of Open Society Institute for East Africa (OSIEA), who are the funding partners. Pastoralism is faced with different challenges which affect livelihoods of pastoralists despite its potential as a viable livelihood system for both pastoral and non-pastoral communities in Kenya. Pastoralists in Kenya are often considered to be among the most economically and socially disadvantaged groups in their respective county economies. This is due to their limited access to the government veterinary services, isolation from major consumer markets and other development opportunities.
Other challenges include trans-boundary animal diseases and their implications for sanitary standards for local and international trade and lack of an enabling institutional and policy environment to support their way of life.
Managing Scarcity and Plenty: Towards Climate- Smart Pastoral Innovations in Kenya project seeks to strengthen evidence on climate- smart pastoral innovations and to build the capacity of beneficiaries to respond more effectively to animal health, climatic change/extreme weather conditions, market opportunities and policy.
Goal: The goal of the project is to strengthen evidence on climate- smart pastoral innovations and to build capacity of beneficiaries to respond more effectively to animal health, climatic change/extreme weather conditions, market opportunities and policy.
The activities can be broadly categorised into four main areas of intervention:
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
County validation workshop aims to discuss innovations on how to improve fodder and pasture production to improve pastoral communities livelihoods.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
This is a county level policy dialogue on climate change/ variability and adaptive capacity of pastoral communities especially with respect to disease surveillance and management.