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Title:Staying Maasai? Livelihoods, conservation and development in East African rangelands
Editors:Homewood, KatherineISNI
Kristjanson, Patti
Chenevix Trench, PippaISNI
Year:2009
Pages:418
Language:English
Series:Studies in human ecology and adaptation (ISSN 1574-0501)
City of publisher:New York, NY
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:9780387874913; 9780387874920
Geographic terms:Kenya
Tanzania
Subjects:Maasai
pastoralists
wildlife protection
livelihoods
sustainable development
Abstract:Despite thousands of years of pastoralism in eastern Africa, pastoralists are often viewed as inefficient and blamed for the destruction of the savannas. However, research over the last three decades has shown that traditional pastoralism can be as productive as well-managed commercial ranches. This collective volume takes a close look into the livelihoods of Maasai herders in Kenya and Tanzania. Population growth, land loss and social transition among the Maasai are overwhelming the capacity of their herds to support their families. Environmental vulnerability has risen sharply. Marginalization and poverty are severely constraining Maasai choices. The larger, longer-term concerns of wildlife and habitat conservation take backseat for families scrambling to survive. This book makes a case for better policy frameworks in Kenya and Tanzania to improve livelihoods, health and education for the Maasai. Chapters: 1. Changing land use, livelihoods and wildlife: conservation in Maassailand; 2. Methods in the analysis of Maasai livelihoods; 3. Maasai Mara - land privatization and wildlife decline: can conservation pay its way?; 4. Assessing returns to land and changing livelihood strategies in Kitengela; 5. Pathways of continuity and change: Maasai livelihoods in Amboseli, Kajiado District, Kenya; Still 'people of cattle'? Livelihoods, diversification and community conservation in Longido District; 7. Cattle and crops, tourism and tanzanite: poverty, land-use change and conservation in Simanjiro District, Tanzania; 8. Community-based conservation and Maasai livelihoods in Tanzania; 9. Policy and practice in Kenya rangelands: impacts on livelihoods and wildlife; 10. Staying Maasai? Pastoral livelihoods, diversification and the role of wildlife in development. The book also sketches portraits of four families living, respectively, near the Maasai Mara National Reserve, near Amboseli National Park, in Longido District and near Tarangire National Park. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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