Testing I demonstration of milk and meat preservation technologies

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2001
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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Pastoralists in Kenya usually experience a surplus of milk from their livestock during the rainy seasons but severe shortages during dry seasons and particularly during periods of prolonged drought. Food security is a serious issue in most of the areas in Northern Kenya and a dependency syndrome on food relief is prevalent. The traditional sources of food ; milk, blood and occasionally meat have been replaced by 'imported' products such as maize, cooking fat, sugar and tea. The originally balanced diet of pastoralists that used to be complemented by indigenous plants, roots and tubers has been replaced by a diet that leads to nutritional deficiencies. Steps need to be taken to assist the pastoral and more settled semi- and agro-pastoral people to preserve their traditional food for times of need.
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