are in the MOST Phase I website (1994-2003).
The MOST Phase II website is available at: www.unesco.org/shs/most.
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Enhancing pastoralist self-reliance through sustainable economic developmentDESCRIPTION
An integrated development programme for pastoralists in Kenya: bringing together traditional (indigenous) knowledge and modern technical knowledge in training, handbooks for treatment of cattle diseases, etc. It also aims at bringing together indigenous knowledge from different ethnic groups; sharing indigenous knowledge and practices; and promoting pastoralism as a valid mode of production and way of life.
This project is based on disseminating indigenous knowledge. In all project activities, the Kenya Economic Pastoralist Development Association (KEPDA) brings together traditional and modern technical knowledge, through publications and networking, to promote understanding and awareness on key issues. Such an approach offers considerable potential for improving dryland productivity in a sustainable manner. In the past, traditional knowledge was considered largely a research topic, and technical knowledge was considered as a replacement for primitive or outdated practices. This project aims to integrate these two information bases.
Kenyan pastoralists of many different ethnic groups, especially Maasai, Redille, Borana, Pokot, Samburu, Gabbra, Somali, Turkana. Beneficiaries are both male and female. They are mainly adults, but there are also special subprojects for children (basic education about the pastoralists' way of life).
The pastoralists target group: ca 750,000. First-line beneficiaries: ca 1000.
In 1994 SNV held a survey and a workshop in Kenya. In 1995, representatives of the target group (pastoralists) decided to establish their own NGO: Kenyan Economic Pastoralist Development Association (KEPDA). In 1996 BILANCE co-financed the KEPDA programme.
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Organizational structures among the target group are still weak (common African problem).
IT IS CONSIDERED TO BE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE ...:
The project brings together former enemies/competitors among Kenyan pastoralists!
SUCCESS EXPRESSED IN QUALITATIVE OR QUANTITATIVE TERMS:
This practice can be easily replicated in other areas with a few adaptations.
R. Brightwell, J. Kamanga and R. Dransfield:"A simple handbook for identifying and treating diseases of cows, sheep and goats" KEPDA, Nairobi 1998.
Replication is the core of the programme.
Organization that provided this information:
Kenya Economic Pastoralist Development Association
SNV - Kenya
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