Healthy Animals - Healthy People - Healthy Environment



 © Peter Lüthi, Biovision



Situated in the Horn of Africa, Kenya is a country of more than 45 million inhabitants and 1'580'367 square kilometers. The infant mortality is near to 48 deaths per 1000 births, and 46% of the population live below the poverty threshold.

Kenya is made up of 70% of arid and semi-arid zones and because of climate change this surface is likely to grow bigger. Severely affected by the drought that is striking in the entire Horn of Africa, Kenya is facing an escalation of food insecurity, which already threatens the life of 1.3 million people. The forecast indicates that the northern Kenya, and notably the Wajir county where VSF-Suisse is active, is likely to be one of the region that will suffer the most.

Already today it is very difficult to conduct agriculture in the concerned arid areas. This means that more and more families turn to animal husbandry as their main source of income. But even here they are facing huge challenges, mostly because cows can’t find enough food and do not last very long without water. Even after a short period of stress they stop lactating.

The camel on the other hand is very well adapted to the harsh and inhospitable climate and presents an attractive alternative to cattle rearing. They produce milk even during dry periods while cows don’t, and camels also need much less water. Moreover, their milk is very high in vitamin C and minerals and they eat even the leaves on the thorny acacia bushes. 

Camels could be the key to survival for thousands of people. This is why VSF-Suisse supports a gradual shift from cattle rearing to camels and provides the concerned communities with solid trainings in camel keeping, milk hygiene and processing.



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