Getting policy right to strengthen pastoral livelihoods in Kenya
Securing land tenure for pastoralists in Kenya is a major concern for policymakers from pastoral communities. Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and its partners CEMERIDE (Centre for Minority Rights Development) and PDNK (Pastoralists Development Network of Kenya) met with Members of Parliament (MPs) from pastoral communities. These expressed concern that, because pastoralists are losing large chunks of land to irrigated farming and private developers, they have become more vulnerable to drought for lack of adequate grazing areas. The meeting took stock of some of the critical policy issues that impact on pastoralists’ livelihoods. FAC researcher John Letai presented a policy briefing on key issues, including climate change, land tenure, policy responses to drought and pastoral development. The MPs invited FAC, CEMIRIDE and PDNK to form a working group on how researchers can more effectively use their findings to inform policy. Through the working group, FAC supports a series of consultative sessions with pastoral MPs on specific policy issues, with a session on land planned for 2012. It is also sharing research findings in regional consultations for the National Land Commission, which has been set up to collect evidence to inform forthcoming land-reform processes.