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Pastoralist Voices
Volume 1, Issue 18
February 2010

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges ReliefWeb as the source of this document


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Local Governments and Communities in Kenya and Tanzania lead in Pastoralists’ Cross-border Livelihood

Pastoralists across the Horn and East Africa have called for support for secured and facilitated cross border movement for access of water and pasture as a drought response strategy in many forums organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). They argue that such facilitated movement will reduce the loss of lives and livelihoods from cross-border mobility in the region.

An on-going collaboration between UN-OCHA, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is taking this concern forward through the Security in Mobility project. The inter-agency project promotes pastoralists’ internal and cross-border mobility needs as a climate change adaptation. And it also advocates for regional cross-border security needs to be reconciled with pastoralists livelihood needs...
Land Fragmentation Increases Maasai Pastoralists' Misery

Land, a life-support service for the nomadic pastoralists is decreasing daily. Thousands of hectares of land traditionally used by Maasai pastoralists in Kenya and Tanzania have been lost. Pastoralist grazing lands are falling into commercial enterprises, conservation, mining, industries and urbanisation. Increasingly prime grazing land is becoming fragmented, threatening livelihoods in the region...

“The loss of pasture land has restricted mobility of Maasai pastoralists. The demarcation of group ranches into individual landholding has restricted mobility for livestock and wildlife - dry season grazing areas have been fenced off - leading to displacement and destitution,” says David ole Nkedianye, a pastoralist and conservationist working for Reto Foundation, a local conservation group, in Kajiado District, Kenya.
Guiding Pastoralists To The Future

“In the future, I would like to become a conservation professor,” this is the wish of Moses Kaleku, 25-year-old diploma student at the Koiyaki Guide School ,a tour guide school situated at the heart of Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Moses who was raised from a family of 25 was lucky enough to pass a rigorous interview to join Koiyaki, an institution described by BBC’s presenter Jackson Looseyia as a school that has come to existence at the right time in Maasailand...

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