Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation

Staying Maasai?

Livelihoods, Conservation and Development in East African Rangelands

Editors: Homewood, Katherine, Kristjanson, Patti, Trench, P. (Eds.)

  • First to look at community-based conservation efforts in eastern Africa
  • Cross-border comparison aids in determining proven methods that work and don't work
  • Based on three decades of community conservation effort and reported by an international group of contributors
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People, livestock and wildlife have lived together on the savannas of East Africa for millennia. Their coexistence has declined as conservation policies increasingly exclude people and livestock from national wildlife parks, and fast-growing human populations and development push wildlife and pastoralists onto ever more marginal lands. The result has been less wildlife, and more pastoral people struggling to diversify their livelihoods as access to pasture and water becomes harder to find.

This book examines those livelihood and land use strategies in detail. In an integrated research effort that involved researchers, local communities and policy analysts, surveys were carried out across a wide range of Maasai communities providing contrasting land tenure and national policies and varying degrees of intensification of agriculture, tourism and other activities. The aim was to create a better understanding of current livelihood patterns and the decisions facing Maasai at the start of the 21st Century in the context of ongoing environmental, political, and societal change. With a research design that linked quantitative and qualitative methods and research teams across multiple pastoral sites for the first time, a comparison of livelihood strategies and returns to livestock, crops, wildlife tourism, and other activities across Kenyan and Tanzanian Maasailand was possible.

While livestock remains the critical anchor for most Maasai households, many are obtaining income from a variety of alternative sources. Unfortunately, income from wildlife/tourism, an option seen as most desirable by many because of its potential to provide economically and environmentally ‘win-win’ situations, still benefits relatively few Maasai. Similarly, although governments favor agricultural intensification, significant crop income or enhanced food security from subsistence cropping elude most.

This book provides a rich source of new data from across Maasailand and its unparallelled multi-site comparative analyses give valuable lessons of broader applicability. It is a valuable resource for anyone, researchers, development workers and policy makers, who is concerned with improving environmental as well as economic security on the wildlife-rich Maasai pastoral lands in Kenya and Tanzania.

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From the reviews: “This book is a product of a collaborative research programme ‘Assessing trade-offs between poverty alleviation and wildlife conservation’, and coordinated by the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi. … provides in-depth description of the methodological approaches taken in the analysing livelihoods in the case studies. … this will provide a valuable resource for researchers developing similar studies. … an extremely useful resource for scholars and students of pastoralism. … The book is extremely densely and precisely written, and provides a comprehensive review of the literature.” (Nicky Allsopp, African Journal of Range & Forage Science, Vol. 26 (3), 2009)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Changing Land Use, Livelihoods and Wildlife Conservation in Maasailand

    Homewood, Katherine (et al.)

    Pages 1-42

  • Methods in the Analysis of Maasai Livelihoods

    Serneels, Suzanne (et al.)

    Pages 43-67

  • Maasai Mara – Land Privatization and Wildlife Decline: Can Conservation Pay Its Way?

    Thompson, D. Michael (et al.)

    Pages 77-114

  • Assessing Returns to Land and Changing Livelihood Strategies in Kitengela

    Nkedianye, David (et al.)

    Pages 115-149

  • Pathways of Continuity and Change: Maasai Livelihoods in Amboseli, Kajiado District, Kenya

    BurnSilver, S. B.

    Pages 161-207

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Staying Maasai?
Book Subtitle
Livelihoods, Conservation and Development in East African Rangelands
Editors
  • Katherine Homewood
  • Patti Kristjanson
  • P. Trench
Series Title
Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-87492-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-87492-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-87491-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2766-8
Series ISSN
1574-0501
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 418
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