Tradition meets tech as Kenya’s herders adapt to climate change
25 May 2019 | 5:47 am
For generations, Kenya's herders would study the sky over the country's arid north for any sign of rain -- some wind here, a wisp of cloud there -- to guide their parched livestock to water. But such divination has been rendered hopeless by intensifying droughts. Now technology helps herders stay ahead of harsh weather conditions and plan better routes for their livestock.
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In northern Kenya, the ribs of dead sheep and donkeys stretch towards the blazing sun as parched herders trudge past, a day's march from water. The value of their skinny goats is falling as fast as the prices scrawled on the sacks in the market are shooting up. "Goats are unsellable, cows are even worse to sell and our children are starving," Moses Loloju, an Isiolo herder who volunteered to help distribute food donations from the county government. More than 465,000 children under five and over 93,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women are malnourished in the northern region, the U.N. says.
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