Livelihood diversification among the Turkana in Kenya

This research report Livelihood diversification opportunities for pastoralists in Turkana, Kenya  (2008, 37pp) from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) looks at why and how Turkana pastoralists in northern Kenya have diversified their sources of livelihood by necessity (destitution, dropouts) or choice. In addition to the long-standing tradition of artisanal fishing, the Turkana are also involved in producing honey and aloe, ecotourism, charcoal-making, selling fresh and dried milk and meat as well as hides and skins, gold mining, poultry production, trading in small stock, wage labour, handicrafts and petty trade. The study identifies the socio-economic and spatial characteristics of livelihood diversification pathways, giving particular attention to gender issues, and suggests several recommendations for intervention and researchable issues.

Posted on 14 August 2015 in Pastoralist Livelihoods & Nutrition