Managing Scarcity and Plenty: Towards Climate-Smart Pastoral Innovations In Kenya (CSPI)


The CSPI project builds on the research findings and policy recommendations from the study on ‘Re-thinking Strategy on Animal health, markets, and policy in Pastoralist Areas of East Africa: Supporting learning by Interaction to strengthen livestock policy and practice in Kenya.’ (ReSAHMaP).

The finding revealed that pastoral systems face different challenges which affect their livelihoods despite the potential of pastoralism to be a viable livelihood system for both pastoral and non-pastoral communities in Kenya. In addition, pastoralists in Kenya are often considered to be among the most economically and socially disadvantaged groups in their respective county economies. This is aggravated by the pastoralists’ limited access to government veterinary services, isolation from major consumer markets and other development opportunities. They also face challenges such as trans-boundary animal diseases which have implications on sanitary standards for local and international trade as well as lack of enabling institutional and policy environment to support their way of life.

The CSPI project aims to enhance the capacity of pastoral communities to influence decision making with respect to climate smart pastoral innovations for improved livelihoods and food security in Kenya.

Specific objectives

  1. To build evidence on climate-smart pastoral innovations in disease surveillance and management, innovative livestock marketing and trading initiatives to facilitate learning, uptake, and up-scaling.
  2. To prepare pastoral communities for active participation in the policy debates, dialogue, and action.
  3.  To provide spaces/platforms for presenting policy recommendations for appropriate policy actions and uptake of policies either through legislation or to inform program design and implementation.

The project’s approach serves to strengthen evidence on climate smart pastoral innovations, and to build the capacity of beneficiaries to respond more effectively to animal health, climatic change/extreme weather conditions, market opportunities and policy. To achieve this, CABE works through local capacity building providers–to deliver for a fee, services, knowledge and information to beneficiary pastoral communities and other stakeholders at the county level. 

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