Posted by: Bob Payne | September 3, 2011

Indigenous People’s Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change: Experiences from the Maasai of Southern Kenya

The Maasai of Southern Kenya (Southern Rangelands) area inhabit the three districts in the south Kenya of greater Rift Valley. They have traditionally experienced droughts and rainfall variability that have forced them to move their livestock from one area to another in search of pasture and water. However, the increased frequency with which the droughts are happening lately is alarming. The dry periods also seem to be lasting longer. For instance, 2005-6 was one such drought that forced many Maasai in these areas to move to faraway places in an attempt to save their livestock.


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