Characteristics of pastoral farming in Kenya

10 Characteristics of pastoral farming in Kenya

  • It is characterized by the Keeping of large herds of animals as a sign of prestige, social status and wealth, for dowry payment, and assurance against natural deaths.
  • There’s uncontrolled cross-breeding of animals

  • The farmers/nomads move from one place to another in search of pastures and water
  • They Keep animals of different types together. Cattle, goats, sheep, camels and goats are grazed together.
10 Characteristics of pastoral farming in Kenya
  • Pastoral/communities rely on these animals for their livelihood. The animals provide milk, hides are used as clothing and blood and meat used as food.
  • Animals are usually unhealthy. They are weakened by diseases and lack of quality feeds.

  • The land they graze on has no proper boundary. It is communally owned
  • There’s overgrazing making the grasslands suffer severe soil erosion.
  • Frequent livestock raids are witnessed among the pastoral communities in Kenya


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