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Title:The Importance of Pastoralists' Indigenous Coping Strategies for Planning Drought Management in the Arid Zone of Kenya
Author:Oba, Gufu
Periodical:Nomadic Peoples
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:food policy
animal husbandry
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Drought and Desertification
External link:https://doi.org/10.3167/082279401782310998
Abstract:Indigenous drought coping strategies are complex series of actions taken both at the community and individual household levels aimed at maintaining a viable balance between losing assets and ensuring survival. Development programmes might alleviate problems of food insecurity on a sustained basis if the people are helped to revive indigenous means of coping. However, improved knowledge of indigenous coping strategies is lacking. This paper describes indigenous coping strategies among seven major pastoralist groups (the Booran, Gabra, Rendille, Ariaal, Sakuye, Samburu, and Turkana), one small peripatetic group (the Lkunono) and one small hunter-gatherer community (the Ndorobo) in northern Kenya. The study offers a comparative analysis of the indigenous drought coping strategies of these peoples. Attention is paid to grazing strategies, impacts of banditry on grazing strategies, social security networks and gender perspectives in food security. Recommendations for strengthening and integrating the drought coping strategies of pastoral communities in future drought management plans conclude the paper. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French and Spanish.