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Improving range productivity in Isiolo and Marsabit through reseeding with indigenous grass species

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Date and time: 
Thu, 2015-10-22 15:17
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Marsabit & Isiolo County

ADIS is implementing an IGAD-funded project on “enhancing the resilience of livestock-based livelihoods in Northern Kenya” that aims at demonstrating the potential of scientific innovations in improving the natural resource management in drylands for enhanced resilience in livestock based livelihoods, and stimulate further investment in addressing land productivity, natural resource protection, risk management and socio- economic  and cultural wellbeing. One of the project outcomes is to improve pasture availability for local pastoral communities leaving in Isiolo and Marsabit through reseeding of degraded pasture areas.   

In October and November 2015, range scientists from ADIS at the University of Nairobi implemented a rangeland reseeding training and field reseeding exercise in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties. Reseeding sites in Isiolo were Barambate and Kipsing while in Marsabit, reseeding was done in Kalacha area. This was in preparation for the anticipated short rainfall period and Elnino (October-December). Respective county staff from the ministry of livestock and fisheries in Isiolo and Marsabit as well as PACIDA participated, with PACIDA leading the mobilization of local communities in Kalacha. KALRO Marsabit office provided logistical support during reseeding in Marsabit county. Other activities so far implemented include training on fodder and seed harvesting.

The project implementing partners will continue monitoring the success of the reseeding interventions in the two counties.

 

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2016-01-15 15:17
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Mr. Peter Kamande

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