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Moi University (1996)

DROUGHT AND FAMINE COPING STRATEGIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT AMONG THE KEIYO LIVING IN KERIO VALLEY IN KENYA

Saina, Christopher K

Titre : DROUGHT AND FAMINE COPING STRATEGIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT AMONG THE KEIYO LIVING IN KERIO VALLEY IN KENYA

Auteur : Saina, Christopher K

Université de soutenance : Moi University

Grade : MPhil 1996

Résumé
The study aimed at investigating the drought and famine coping strategies of the Keiyo people living in Kerio valley. It looks at the impacts,frequency and the people’s perception of drought and famine and examines the temporal applicability of traditional ccping strategies. The methods of study employed were interviewing uf key informants ( 128 ) and these were selected from differen ?t clans in the valley ; and officers of Government and Non - Governmentai Organizations. Observation and Library research were 31so used. It was found that local droughts occurred in Kerio valley almost three times every ten years and had varied effects depending on the intensity and cause. Its occurrence was attributed to god ’Asis’, who punished them for their negligence of societal rules. It was also found that the Keiyo had their own indigenous f a.n i.rie coping strategies by which they practised reciprocity and symbiosis with their neighbours and among themselves. Tll. syometimes raided and were also raided by other tribes for E’t’ :)ckas one of the coping strategies. The use of these indigene 1..S strategies was found to have declined with time.External nterventions were found to have had some positive impacts on ’.’. :>od security though these impacts were not pronounced. ’I’b’3rewere six Non - Governmental Organizations helping the people in the area and all established themselves in the 1980’s. Th8ir contributions were not geared directly towards food security .iut, solving immediate problems of the people, like paying school fees. The Government’s effort was mainly through the services of agricultural extension officers. The studv concludes by enumerating the main problems the Keiyo faced Li their efforts towards greater food security, like shortage of water for irrigation and other uses and poor communication. The study recommends that for the enhancement of food security in the valley, the area needed not only to be developed SU5 tainably but also the indigenous people to be encouraged to cooperate towards that cause.

Mots clés : Keiyo (African people) ; Kerio Valley, Kenya ; Drought ; Famine ; Food security

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