FACTORS FAVOURING NOMADIC PASTORALISM IN KENYA

Livestock Farming refers to the rearing of domesticated animals such cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, camels, and poultry for subsistence and sales




Livestock Farming  refers to the rearing of domesticated animals such cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, camels, and poultry for subsistence and sales

It is divided into the following: –

  • Traditional livestock farming.
  • Livestock ranching.
  • Commercial livestock farming
  • Traditional Livestock Farming

Traditional Livestock Farming is also referred to as nomadic or subsistence pastoralism or pastoralism




It is the extensive grazing of livestock on natural pasture involving constant and seasonal migration of the nomads/pastoralists and their livestock in search of water and pasture; a process referred to as transhumance

It is mainly practiced in the arid and semi-arid lands e.g. in Turkana, Wajir, Garissa, Mandera, Kajiado, Narok, and Marsabit counties

The pastoral communities in Kenya include Maasai, Samburu, Somali, Borana, Turkana and Pokot




Factors favouring Nomadic Pastoralism in Kenya

  • The grazing areas are free from tsetse fly due to hot and dry conditions.
  • Availability of large tracts of land for grazing due to the sparse population in Northern and North eastern regions.
  • Availability of natural pasture in the wooded savanna lands.
  • The gentle slopes/undulating terrain enable easy movement of stock from one place to another.