Sustaining The Voices Of Pastoralists And Agropastoralists On Marsabit Mountain: A Drought Refuge In Northern Kenya

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2001
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Animal Production Society of Kenya
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Marsabit Mountain is a key pasture production area for the pastoralists and agropastoralists of Marsabit District. The perennial pastures and permanent water sources are equally important for survival of the livestock and their owners during the dry seasons and drought. Land use dynamics on this mountain have been partly characterised by conversion of more land to agriculture, thus reducing the available perennial pastures on the marginal slopes of the mountain. Marsabit forest, the only water catchment, is one of the sources that provides for the rising demand of wood resources, mainly woodfuel. Improvement of the farming systems by increasing crop production per unit area of cultivated land, and development of a joint forest management plan are some of the discussed strategies to reduce impact on the key resource areas on the mountain for pastoralist and agropastoralist groups.
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