Drought / Drylands / East Africa / Geodata / ILRI / Insurance / Kenya / Pastoralism / PIL / Vulnerability

Livestock keepers in Kenya’s northern Isiolo District to get livestock-drought insurance for first time

Livestock farmers and herders in Kenya’s northern Isiolo District will soon be able to insure their animals against drought using an index-based insurance product (photo credit:  Raimond Duijsens/NLRC). Three institutions have agreed to a Sh1.15-billion deal to reduce the effects of drought on pastoralists in Isiolo, in northern Kenya, where livestock farmers and herders have … Continue reading

Camels / Drought / East Africa / Kenya / Pastoralism / Vulnerability

Hunger in Kenya’s Isiolo at ’emergency’ level

Camel herding between Kenya’s northern towns of Moyale and Isiolo (photo on Flickr by azulnocturnal). ‘At a streetside kiosk in Isiolo, the price of camel bones for soup has jumped 250 per cent this year to 100 shillings ($1.10) a kilo, straining the pockets of many in the drought-hit eastern Kenyan town. In a bitter … Continue reading