THE ACACIA CORRALS OF THE NGISONYOKA TURKANA

LOCATION | Kenya

TYPOLOGY | Desert Farming
SYSTEM | Acacia Corrals
PEOPLE | Ngisonyoka Turkana

Around the brackish waters of Kenya’s Lake Turkana in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa, this one time cradle of humanity is the driest region of Kenya - a harsh and inhospitable environment where drought and famine are common. But the pastoralists who live there, raising livestock and tending herds, still successfully lead a nomadic life that has been followed or thousands of years. They continue to survive despite concerns that the days of the nomad are numbered. Their survival is dependent upon innovative systems that are both cultural and ecological; tapping a multiplicity of natural resources, retaining a diversity of species as livestock, sharing the effects of drought stress amongst families and creating ingenious temporary and permanent fencing structures.

Illustrations by Brittany Roy

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