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Climate change responses among the Maasai Community in Kenya

Leal Filho, Walter, Nzengya, Daniel, Muasya, Gladys, Chemuliti, Judith, Kalungu, Jokastah Wanzuu
Climatic change 2017 v.145 no.1-2 pp. 71-83
arid lands, cattle, climate change, crop yield, diet, drought, governance, herds, rural communities, Kenya, Tanzania
The impacts of climate change to the dryland areas of East Africa are especially strong, especially if it is considered that these areas have weak institutions and governance systems. Climate change has also affected many rural communities in a severe way, reducing crop yields and sometimes causing crop failure. In Kenya and Tanzania, where drylands cover over around 80 and 50% of their respective land areas, rural populations have been especially affected. Among them is the tribal group of the Maasai, legendary nomad warriors, who have been suffering from persistent droughts and the negative impacts on their cattle herds. This paper describes how climate change affects the Maasai communities in Kenya and the changes seen in their habits and diet, in order to adapt to a changing climate.