Kenya’s pastoralists correctly predict below normal rainfall for their areas
Africa Science News, 11 May 2012

NAIROBI, KENYA: Ants moving in a given direction, wind blowing in a particular way at a certain time of the day and persistent chirping of a bird in a particular way in the evening may mean nothing for an urbanite visiting the Somali community living in northern Kenya. But failure to correctly discern such signs may mean both human and livelihood losses of unimaginable proportions to this pastoralist community whose livelihood is so dependent on raising livestock in some of the world’s toughest terrains. Climate change is not helping matters and increasingly, the community has been pushed to rely on those among them with the ability to correctly predict climate scenarios well in advance to help them decide whether to move out in pursuit of pasture and or water. Failure in that aspect could mean decimation of livestock, starvation, and increased conflicts among clans over water, pasture and food. To help preserve local knowledge that is useful to guide communities deal with climate variations, Care International is conducting community level research through its Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) for Africa. Read the article …

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