Climate Information to the Maasai Pastoralists in Kajiado West Sub County
New initiative (startup)
Climate Information for the Maasai Pastoralist is an initiative to educate the Maasai community in Kajiado West sub-County on the importance of climate information in relation to their sources of livelihoods. The goal is to integrate local and scientific climate information and disseminate it to residents of Kajiado west with a view of building resilience amidst climate risks and challenges. The initiative aims at helping the community members to make informed decisions regarding pastoralism which is their main economic lifestyle. They will understand seasons of restocking and disposing their livestock in order to make profit. Kajiado west is a water scarce area and this initiative will help the pastoralist excavate their wells and dams in the rights seasons in order to harvest rain water for domestic and livestock use. This initiative will also help the women who are household leaders and managers prepare for seasons in order to prevent water borne ailments for human and other diseases for livestock that are specific to dry and wet seasons. The women will also prepare themselves in terms of getting stock for family food and feeds for livestock in preparation for the draught or floods seasons. Ultimately, the initiative will improve food security amongst the pastoral community, reduce disasters related to climate especially during extreme draughts and flooding seasons and help the community in managing their scarce water resources to the benefit of their livelihoods.
Goal: Integrate local and scientific climate information and disseminate it to residents of Kajiado west with a view of building resilience amidst climate risks and challenges.