n Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Sciences - Traditional coping strategies to famine among the Keiyo people living in Kerio Valley, Kenya

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2141-7024
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The study aimed at investigating the perception of famine and traditional coping strategies to famine among the Keiyo people living in Kerio Valley. This study is important because, Kerio Valley is a semi-arid region that is affected by occasional famine and food shortages. The methods of study employed were interviewing of key informants selected from different clans in Kerio Valley; Government officers; and Non-governmental organizations staff working in the area. The research established that the Keiyo had over time developed indigenous famine coping strategies that include: use of indigenous foods reciprocity and symbiosis with their neighbours, migration and raiding other tribes for stock. The use of these indigenous strategies is found to have declined with time. The study has enumerated the main problems facing Keiyo people in their efforts towards achieving greater food security. These include: shortage of water for irrigation and poor communication. The study recommends the enhancement of food security in Keio Valley to avoid famine in the area and integration of indigenous people knowledge to sustainable development.

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