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With a population of around 52.5 million people, around 90% of Kenya’s land area is arid or semi-arid. Almost 6 out of 10 of working Kenyans depend on agriculture for a living. As in other Arid and Semi-arid Lands (ASALs), mixes of pastoralism and agriculture dominate rural areas. Similarly to other countries in the region, Kenya is a major exporter of livestock to the Gulf. Around 11 per cent of Kenyans are between the ages of 17 and 19.

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A community focus group being held with pastoralists from the Waldaa community - Image by Ken Otieno Publications and resources

This report aims to deepen understanding of land tenure in pastoral lands under collective ownership, taking a case from northern Marsabit, Kenya.
Out to pasture - Herders guide their cattle back to the pasture, Zorro village, Bukina Faso - Image by by Ollivier Girard CIFOR -CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Publications and resources

This consolidated study explores pastoral collective tenure and degrees of tenure security in pastoral systems in Kenya, Sudan and Burkina Faso.
A Kenyan pastoralist using the AfriScout app – Image by AfriScout Publications and resources

This brief introduces AfriScout, a digital app that shows potential for mitigating some of the challenges pastoralists face by providing them with information to make more informed decisions.
 People sell cattle at Ngaremara Livestock Sale Yard, Kenya, refurbished by the Ward Planning Committee through the Drought Resilience grant. Image by Patrick Meinhardt / Mercy Corps Publications and resources

This policy brief summarises key learning from the Ward Development Planning model, an innovative approach to local participatory development planning being implemented in Kenya’s drylands.

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SPARC Dalberg Research and MercyCorps AgriFin webinar on the role of digital financial and information services to support producer livelihoods in Kenya Blog

How can digital financial and information services support producer livelihoods in Kenya? This blog shares key highlights from a joint SPARC, Dalberg Research and Mercy Corps AgriFin webinar.
Delegates at the conference ‘Inclusive Investment Opportunities for Unleashing the Power of the Pastoral Sector’. Credit: Joshua Wanyama. Blog

Pastoralism is a critical part of Africa’s food system. Yet it is overlooked and urgently requires more support, according to speakers at a recent conference.
Female pastoralist pictured in drylands Blog

This blog reflects on our recent webinar in which we explored how pastoralists use social media, what the recent trends are in mobile use, and how these are informing livelihoods in dryland regions.

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