The value of pastoralism in Kenya: Application of total economic value approach

Show simple item record Nyariki, Dickson M. Amwata, Dorothy A. 2019-07-22T10:15:35Z 2019-07-22T10:15:35Z 2019
dc.identifier.citation Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice (2019) 9:9 en_US
dc.description.abstract The value of pastoralism practiced in Kenya is not well appreciated, even though it is said to be enormous. The available statistics tend to underestimate this value from the point of view of its contribution to the local and national economies, due to the inadequacy of data and application of inappropriate valuation methodologies. This study analysed the contribution of pastoralism to Kenya’s national economy, using the total economic value (TEV) approach and by considering the traditional and non-traditional pastoral values. Secondary data were collected on livestock population, herd composition and structure, honey, beeswax, firewood, fishing and tourism. The findings of this study show that Kenya’s pastoral sector has an economic worth of US$1.13 billion with the livestock sector and non-livestock sector accounting for 92% (US$1.04 billion) and 8% (US$0.0903 billion), respectively. The annual national pastoral livestock offtake was valued at US$0.189 billion, while annual meat offtake was estimated at 154, 968 tonnes, valued at US$0.389 billion. The national annual meat consumption was estimated at 553,200 tonnes, of which pastoral meat contributed 154,968 tonnes or 28%. The TEV approach integrates the many aspects of economic value contributed by pastoral systems, including market and non-market goods and services that are usually not accounted for. An accurate estimate of the contribution of pastoral production can be instrumental in lobbying for enhanced investment in the pastoral areas to boost environmentally sound development en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Arid and semi-arid lands en_US
dc.subject Pastoral economy en_US
dc.subject Livelihoods en_US
dc.subject Livestock value chain en_US
dc.subject economic contribution en_US
dc.title The value of pastoralism in Kenya: Application of total economic value approach en_US
dc.type Article en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search Repository

Advanced Search


My Account