Cattle farmers in Kajiado County in Kenya are turning to poultry farming as a fall back plan after dry weather patterns and diminishing land made it almost impossible to keep large herds of livestock.
Most residents of Kajiado have been practicing pastoralism as their main source of livelihood, an economic activity that is increasingly under threat due to erratic rains and diminishing land.
The pastoralists have formed groups for them to be trained and share ideas on the best poultry farming practices. There is also a ready market for poultry products in the area.
The farmers say they took up poultry farming since it requires less space. Shortage of water in the area discouraged them from venturing into crop farming.