Ethnography of slaughterhouse in pastoral area of Kenya

The food-system approach is used as lens for examining the “Ethnography of the slaughterhouse: a case of Nanyuki slaughterhouse in Laikipia County, Rift Valley, Kenya” by Edwin Ambani Ameso et al, published in Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice (2017, 7:32). This paper identifies actors and their roles in the slaughterhouse processes and describes the effects that institutional changes have on slaughterhouse operations. It also looks at how beef prices and standards shape the rules regulating pastoralists’ access to the slaughterhouse and the impact on pastoral economies. The major changes in formal institutional settings that affect the slaughterhouse operations are related to movement and no-objection permits as well as transportation and condemnation certification. Further research is recommended into slaughterhouse operations and processes in order to understand how pastoralism contributes to economic and food security of the pastoral regions in Kenya and to the country as a whole.

Posted on 7 January 2018 in Pastoralism & Marketing