Kajiado governor Joseph Lenku said on Tuesday a recent trend in global warming has occasioned the decrease in the amount of rainfall, and the onset of drought which has greatly affected pastoralism.
While opening the Fifth Edition of the Kenya Pastoralists Week in Kajiado, Lenku reiterated his government has made positive steps to mitigate the adverse effects of drought, and famine.
He said Kajiado will be on the forefront as the model county for drawing from best practices on effective pastoralism methods.
The governor admitted land has become scarce resource whereas the limited space available is strained due to an increase in population and commercialization of land.
“It is only through embracing modern forms of farming that we can effectively combat poverty and change our livelihoods”, advised Lenku.
Former Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro, who was present at the function, expressed his delight that such a forum was being held in Kajiado which had for a long time represented the image of a pastoralist county.
Ethuro said devolution process has made the lives of the citizens much easier as they are able to access efficient government services in their localities
“The time has come, under the devolution program for us to deliver proximate services to the people, and the time is now,” he said.
Garissa county governor, Ali Korane, while speaking at the same forum held at Masai Technical Training Institute, lauded the progress brought about by devolution process and the inroads made by the county governments to empower pastoralist communities in making decisions concerning their livelihoods.
“We cannot complain of being marginalized anymore, the county governments have made our lives bearable,” said Korane.
This year’s theme focuses on; ‘Supporting Climate Smart Pastoralism in Kenya’ through approaches geared towards transforming and reorienting pastoralism development under new realities of climate change.
The Kenya Pastoralist Week is a platform that brings together pastoralism from across the country to discuss among other issues, pastoral practices, livelihood and legislation governing animal trade and movement.
This forum is key as it happens in the face of imminent climate change that has changed pastoral patterns, and it is hoped that the stakeholders will learn from, and adopt best practices from other counties. The forum ends on Thursday.