Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony Following the trails of herders we ended-up in Geech, a pastoralist village at high altitude, the first camp side on our trip in the Semien mountains. We received a very cordial welcome from local people, who invited us to participate in the coffee ceremony in their dwelling. The pastoralists, too modest for their own good, proudly offered to each of us 3 cups of an excellent hot Ethiopian coffee.
Census: The Somali Factor Parliamentarians from North Eastern Kenya and other pastoralist communities have threatened to move to court, to push for the nullification of the census results after the cancellation of census results in 8 districts in North Eastern and Turkana. Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya said a repeat census had been ordered in the affected areas, a move that has angered the lawmakers, who claimed that the Somali community was being marginalized. Francis Gachuri reports on the Somali factor in the census exercise.
Pastoral Women's Council-3.m4v Maanda Ngoitiko of The Pastoral Women's Council speaks about the history and the work of the PWC. The Pastoral Women's Council of Tanzania was founded to conceive and implement long-term structural solutions for the poverty and marginalization of Maasai pastoralist women and children. We are women-led and encourage Maasai women to openly discuss the positive and negaitve aspects of Maasai culture, to act on their findings, and to mobilise local efforts and resources. Through its work, PWC has developed large networks and strong relationships with various international NGO's and donors, as well as district, village and regional government. PWCs vision is: to promote sound cultural, political, environmental and educational development of pastoralist women and children to facilitate their access to essential social services and economic empowerment. It is guided in its work by principles of solidarity, equality, trust and transparency.
Kenya Drought Threatens Maasai Community Lack of rain in the southern part of Kenya has parched land and killed hundreds of cattle belonging to East Africa's Maasai community. The Kajiado area is littered with the rotting carcasses of animals that have died in the past few weeks. Isaac Deka is among thousands of the East African community who is suffering from the arid conditions. Until recently Deka was the proud owner of 55 cows, he is now left with three. It'll soon be two — this one is dying. Kenya's Meteorological department said it is the worst drought in more than 20 years. [Isaac Deka, Maasai Pastoralist]: "Never. There has never been a drought like this one. I have experienced two previous droughts but never anything like this. It has never been this bad." Money from selling the cattle is used to buy food and pay for school fees. With a dwindling number of cattle Deka must look for another means to support his family. [Isaac Deka, Maasai Pastoralist]: "After they all die, there is nothing else I can do. If I can find employment I will go, if not I will just stay." The government has declared a state of emergency and has appealed for foreign aid. Rain has been predicted in April but weather experts warn they will bring flash floods and heavy erosion.
The attitudes of Tanzanian pastoralists towards selling livestock Gemana Laswai from Sokoine University at the 5th AASAP and 18th ESAP conference Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, discussing the attitude towards selling livestock among the pastoralists in Ngorongoro district of Tanzania.
Welcoming Guests for the 12th Ethiopian Pastoralist Day held in Jigjiga Welcoming of Guests of honour attending the 12th Ethiopian Pastoralist Day in Jigjiga on 25th January 2010. Soo Dhawayntii Marti Sharaftii ka qayb galaysay Xuska 12aad ee Maalinta Xoolo Dhaqatada Itoobiya ee Tir 17, 2002.
Sharing knowledge amongst pastoralist communities: Teach by showing, learn by doing Addis Ababa, 19 October 2010. Ahmed Abdurahman works in the PCDP Project. In his context, the best way to share knowledge is in very practical ways and based on oral exchanges instead of theoretical, written form of communications, See more at Video by Pier Andrea Pirani - Euforic Services
Pastoralist Communities urged to avoid revenge attacks
Pastoralist in crisis as drought escalates www.ntv.co.ke The prolonged drought is driving herders to extremes. Pastoralists in Laikipia, Samburu and Baringo are now going anywhere they see anything green and now open fields are their new camps
Kenyan Advocate Advances Education for Girls Educating girls and women in Kenya's pastoralist communities can be a big challenge. Many girls end up being married in their early ***s and are expected to stay at home and work for the family. But a pastoral human rights activist is striving to change that mentality by setting up learning centers for girls and women in the Tana River area of north coastal Kenya. Cathy Majtenyi caught up with Ibrahim Ahmed Sane and shows how he is Making a Difference in eastern Kenya.
Kenyan Government Seeks Peace Among Pastoralists, Reduce Rustling Cattle rustling is a long-standing problem in Kenya. Pastoralist communities from Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia cross over into Kenya and battle Kenyan pastoralists, who also fight among themselves. Northern Kenya is especially awash with guns, which increases the number and severity of attacks. Months after the Kenyan government ended a disarmament program, local officials are stepping up efforts to collect more guns.
Education in Samburu Education among the pastoralist communities has always taken a back seat, as most of the residents spend their quality time herding. However some zealous children in Samburu East, who are torn between following the typical pastoralist lifestyle and embracing education are using all tricks in the book including carrying their books to grazing fields so that they can advance their knowledge as they herd. But as Franklin Macharia reports, it is not any better for pupils who are lucky enough to go to school as pupils from different grades are lumped together in one class for lack of teachers.
'Yes' team goes to pastoral communities Recently anointed leader of the Maasai, Samburu and Njemps communities campaign for a new constitution, internal Security minister George Saitoti today toured the pastoralist north today, selling what he, and seven other mps from pastoralist communities say is a pro-pastoralist constitution. and as with all campaigns yes, there was a smattering of praise of the draft, peppered with a large dose of anti-no campaign rhetoric, and the praise of a man who has been in the crosshairs of the red brigade, us ambassador to Kenya, Michael Rannenberger.
Replica Lions Prowl Nairobi Time may be running out for the king of the jungle. Only six countries in Africa can boast wild lion populations. In Kenya their numbers have fallen by 75 percent. A new initiative by the Born Free Foundation is trying to mend rifts between farmers — the main killers of the lions — and the big cats. [Alice Owen, Born Free Foundation]: "We want to see how these benefits can reach the farmer, the Maasai pastoralist or the Samburu pastoralist can reach them. Without that happening, its a challenge, they will kill them because they are killing a cow and that cow is what benefits them, not the lion." And with the real cats lapping up the Kenya sun it is being left to lion replicas to woo the Maasai and other farmers. Fifty lion statues will be scattered around the capital. Alice Owen, of the Born Free Foundation, hopes people will ask questions and understand that income from tourists coming to see the lions will help local communities. Martin Okello, a local resident, likes the idea. [Martin Okello, Nairobi Resident]: "It will help because of tourism. A lot more tourists will come to Kenya because of these animals, it is a good thing." The painted cats will also benefit the farmers directly. After the statues have been auctioned, the proceeds will go to people living closest to where the lions hunt. If farmers can see lions as a form of tangible income, it's hoped they may think twice before killing them.
Gharri Pastoralist chanting Video from Huddett
Home on the Range In a response to the current land crisis in Kenya the pastoralist Masaai lifestyle is adapting by adopting ranching methods. Their market access services focused on the abattoir at Kikenyoke aim to improve income generation for the Masaai while supplying affordable hygienic meat to Nairobi's slum dwellers in Kibera.
Kenyan Pastoralist Song Traditionally sung by mothers, this song describes the importance of cattle to a pastoralist community living in a semi-desert area. Loosely translated from the original.
Diyaargarawgii Xuska 12aad ee Maalinta Xoolo Dhaqatada Itoobiya Preparation of the 12th Ethiopian Pastoralist Day in Jigjiga on 25th January 2010. U Diyaargarawgii Xuska 12aad ee Maalinta Xoolo Dhaqatada Itoobiya ee Tir 17, 2002.
Do you know your alphabet? Pastoralist students in Mars ... Posted via email from IIRR's posterous
water need.wmv Pastoralist communities in this Arid region struggle to collect safe drinking water and water for household use, Women often walk miles to collect water. Afar Pastoralist Development Association helps these communities to develop water resources using local knowledge and practices.
Sharing knowledge amongst pastoralist communities in Ethiopia Addis Ababa, 19 October 2010. For Seid Ali (PCDP Project in Ethiopia) the most effective way to share knowledge in his context is face to face. The culture of the pastoral communities he works with is based on the Dagu system as a way to share and exchange ideas and knowledge. The face to face interaction is at the base of this system. See more at Video by Pier Andrea Pirani - Euforic Services
Shattered dreams for Pastoralist students Nadiko Ereng from Loyapat primary school who emerged the second position in Turkana south and Abraham Edengo Elimlim have lost their hope of pursuing secondary education as they cannot afford to pay the amount required for secondary school.
No Time to Recover Pastoralism in Ethiopia is more than a nomadic livelihood based on the wellbeing of ones livestock. Pastoralist communities have shared a rich cultural history, a traditional support network, a unique economic system, and a collective social identity supported by kinship and clan loyalty. For centuries, pastoralist communities have moved through the Ethiopian lowlands effectively managing the potentially devastating impacts of severe drought, heavy rains and floods. They have done so through a range of time-tested, culturally embedded strategies and techniques. But their climate is changing. In 'No time to Recover' (from Save the Children UK & CARE International) meet pastoralist men, women and children who are doing their best to adapt to a changing climate. See how they are modifying their lives to adapt to increasing temperatures and drought frequency as well as unpredictable rains that are now falling in shorter but more intense episodes. The film is based on scientific and community-based observations collected by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), CARE International and Save the Children UK (SCUK) during a 2009 study in the Borana and Shinile zones of Ethiopia. The communities participating in the film and in the study have many ideas on how to prepare for future climate change, demonstrating a strong motivation to move out of poverty and take their future into their own hands.
Feature: Education for pastoralist children
Hard times for pastoralists What happens to a pastoralist when pasture for his livestock runs out. That is the dilemma facing herders with more than 12000 heads of cattle. The pastoralist who have been grazing at a private game ranch for the last few months have been given an ultimatum to move out of the ranch after exhausting pastures.
Pastoralist community destructive economic activity Some members of the Turkana pastoralist community are now engaging in an economic engagement that poses grave danger to the environment. Faced with frequent cross border raids targeting their livestock, they are now turning to charcoal burning, posing a great threat to the little tree cover in the region.
Burning guns www.ntv.co.ke More than two thousand illegal firearms have been destroyed as the government seeks to stem the tide on small arms and light weapons getting into the wrong hands. But as the guns went up in smoke, there were concerns among pastoralist communities that the government is carrying out the disarmament exercise without providing security alternatives. NTVs Dennis Onsarigo reports.
Gharri Pastoralist and their guests Video This is the openning of the International pastoralist Conference at and blessing of their gathering. It was taken during the international pastoralist Community Conference at Huddett, in Western Gharri Region, Southern Ethiopia
Tv9 Gujarat - Global gathering of woman pastoralists : Ahmedabad
Bareedduu Karrayyu Music video by Karrayyu artist Ibraahim Roobaa. The Karrayyuu are Oromo located in East Shoa, Oromia region, Ethiopia. Please see our website for more information about the Karrayyuu: We are an indigenous NGO set up by Karrayyuu for Karrayyuu. Our videos are genuine Karrayyuu productions produced by community members.
Bringing health care to pastoralist communities in Turkana, Kenya Merlin nurse Rebecca talks about bringing health care to pastoralist communities in Turkana, Kenya
Abdi abdullahi hussein - pastoralist forum of ethiopia
No Time to Recover No Time to Recover: The challenge for Borana and Somali pastoralist communities of Ethiopia to adapt to climate change. Pastoralism in Ethiopia is more than a nomadic livelihood based on the wellbeing of ones livestock. Pastoralist communities have shared a rich cultural history, a traditional support network, a unique economic system, and a collective social identity supported by kinship and clan loyalty. For centuries, pastoralist communities have moved through the Ethiopian lowlands effectively managing the potentially devastating impacts of severe drought, heavy rains and floods. They have done so through a range of time-tested, culturally embedded strategies and techniques. But their climate is changing. In 'No time to Recover' (from Save the Children UK & CARE International) meet pastoralist men, women and children who are doing their best to adapt to a changing climate. See how they are modifying their lives to adapt to increasing temperatures and drought frequency as well as unpredictable rains that are now falling in shorter but more intense episodes. The film is based on scientific and community-based observations collected by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), CARE International and Save the Children UK (SCUK) during a 2009 study in the Borana and Shinile zones of Ethiopia. The communities participating in the film and in the study have many ideas on how to prepare for ...
Gharri Camels and it's young herders Video This video was taken during international pastoralist conference at Huddett, in Western Gharri Region, Southern Ethiopia. Also, it shows that the Gharri young boys are assumes responsibility at much younger age. As you see, these two young boys are responsible for taking care of their family camels.
Vaccination.wmv Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA) runs Vaccination Campaign with the help of Community Health Workers every year in the arid region of Afar. This vaccination campaign has been instrumental in eliminating diseases in the pastoralist communities living in the region
Eng'eno Eishoi Ng'ejuk (Knowledge for the Young Generation) This is a shortened version of a film made by Maasai pastoralists, living near Oltepesi in Kenya, in March 2009. It documents the devastating impacts of a seemingly endless drought across the region that killed livestock and people, threatened livelihoods and caused wide-spread suffering to many of the indigenous pastoralist communities. Nomadic pastoralists, like the Maasai, face tremendous pressures on their traditional way of life from other groups, their own government, and now climate change. Yet, their traditions and knowledge make them more adaptable than most. For these reasons, InsightShare, through the Conversations with the Earth project, worked with a small group of Maasai men and women in Kenya to make a film on the current climate situation and solutions this group saw to solve this crisis. When we first worked with the group of Maasai participants in Oltepesi, some of them still had cattles in their herd. Now, the prolonged drought has decimated most, if not all, their cattle. Some of them traveled to Copenhagen for the climate change negotations, and meanwhile that experience for them was new and enriching, they are not waiting for international negotiations to make a difference in their lives. They are taking action at home. Watch the film to see what their opinions and thoughts on possible local solutions. 'Eng'eno Eishoi Ng'ejuk (Knowledge for the Young Generation)' was made by the Kenya Hub as part of the Conversations with the Earth (CWE) project ...
A Better Life - Second National Fadama Project - World Bank In 2004, the Nigerian Government launched the Second National Fadama Project (Fadama II) to increase incomes in poor rural communities, especially among farmers and fishermen. This is the story of Ismail Abdulahi - a pastoralist in Ta Kuti village in Niger State - and how life in the village changed when he and other pastoralists joined the Fadama II project. The project was supported by IDA, the World Bank's fund for the poorest.
Civic Education in Samburu Conducting civic education on the proposed constitution in pastoralist areas is a daunting task. But a group of pastoralists in Samburu West constituency is beating the odds to arm themselves with knowledge on the contents of the proposed constitution by attending night classes where the elite in the community guide them through the contents of the draft law. Our reporter Franklin Macharia was in the area and brings us the story.
Handicraft of pastoralist women Sudan.wmv A showcase of the handicrafts of pastoralist women from around the Kassala State, Eastern Sudan.
Kenyan pastoralist societies' approach to conflict resolutio Tanja Chopra describes Kenyan pastoralist societies' approach to conflict resolution, and the implications of having two parallel justice systems.