Perils facing Kenyan pastoralists, livelihood innovations and wider impacts: learning from project experience

Siedenburg, Jules (2021) Perils facing Kenyan pastoralists, livelihood innovations and wider impacts: learning from project experience. Development Studies Research, 8. pp. 218-235. ISSN 2166-5095

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This paper shares findings from a detailed empirical analysis of seven development projects in Kenya that supported remote pastoral communities facing food insecurity and other difficulties linked to environmental degradation and climate change. The projects sought to address these challenges by trialing various livelihood innovations in partnership with communities. These project activities were assessed using a tailored cost–benefit analysis methodology to identify those offering the best use of scarce funds, thus informing future policy and programing for such areas. This evidence suggests that (a) the difficulties communities face are creating a desperate situation, and (b) some of the innovations trialed hold promise while others are problematic. The evidence presented includes an array of local voices that vividly convey community-level dynamics and prospects. This evidence is set in context using the literatures on human security and its wider impacts, notably migration from the Sahel. This analysis found the circumstances of pastoral communities can significantly impact neighboring regions, with ongoing instability posing a threat while smart interventions that create local opportunities offer more synergistic outcomes. The paper concludes by calling for greater recognition of the options facing such communities and their wider significance as a basis for scaled up support measures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pastoralism,sahel,climate change,human security,migration,livelihoods
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2021 23:34
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2021 23:33
DOI: 10.1080/21665095.2021.1961595

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