Documenting innovations in integrated disease management

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Identification and sensitization on potential climate-smart pastoral practices.

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Participatory assessment of opportunities for livestock commercialization and capacity gaps.

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Identification of policy spaces for local stakeholder engagement and building capacity of pastoralists

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Managing Scarcity and Plenty

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.

Objectives:

  • To build evidence on climate-smart pastoral innovations in disease surveillance and management, innovative livestock marketing and trading initiatives to facilitate learning, uptake and up-scaling.
  • To prepare pastoral communities for active participation in policy debates, dialogues and action.
  • To provide spaces/platforms for presenting policy recommendations for appropriate policy action and uptake of policies either through legislation or to inform programme design and implementation.

The activities can be broadly categorised into four main areas of intervention:

  1. Identification and sensitisation on potential climate-smart pastoral practices.
  2. Documenting innovations in integrated disease management using indigenous technical knowledge and modern ICT-based provision of veterinary services.
  3. Participatory assessment of opportunities for livestock commercialisation and capacity gaps which limit the commercialisation agenda.
  4. Identification of policy spaces for local stakeholder engagement and building capacity of pastoralists to influence policy.

Managing Scarcity and Plenty: Towards Climate - Smart Pastoral Innovations in Kenya

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Upcoming Events


Sept 12, 2019

County validation workshop

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kajiado

County validation workshop aims to discuss  how to improve fodder and pasture production to improve pastoral communities livelihoods.


 Feb 11, 2020

County validation workshop

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Turkana

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.