Global Warming

Climate Shift Affects Livestock Husbandry in Kenya

A growing number of Kenyans are switching from traditional livestock to drought-resistant camels because of the changing climate.

Longer and less-predictable droughts have resulted in three times as many camels being owned today than a decade ago.

“My husband and I had over a hundred cattle until 2005. But as the climate became drier in this region, the cows stopped producing milk, and 20 to 30 of our cows even died every year,” Mariam Maalim told Germany’s Deutsche Welle broadcaster. She says her new camels produce milk even during drought.

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