Briefing Note: Turkana pastoralists at risk: Why education matters

Agol, D., Angelopoulos, K. , Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R. and Papyrakis, E. (2020) Briefing Note: Turkana pastoralists at risk: Why education matters. Other. Global Challenges Research Fund.

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Turkana pastoralists in north-western Kenya have always depended on their livestock for their livelihoods. Goats, sheep, camels, cattle, and donkeys are the common types of livestock within these communities. Livestock keeping is at the centre of the lives of these communities because it forms the basis of their diet (meat, milk and blood) and of their income. It is also an important element of cultural heritage for Turkana pastoralists because it is linked to traditional practices including the use of animals for payment of dowry (bride price) during marriages, for food during ceremonies and celebrations, for kinship support (e.g. during sickness, death) and for prestige and social status. Turkana pastoralists are exposed to increasing risks such as drought and livestock diseases, in an environment of limited infrastructure and low educational engagement, leading to poverty and inequality. Due to their overreliance on livestock, these risks have adverse effects on their livelihoods, making education an important investment for improving livelihoods.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Other)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mancy, Dr Rebecca and Lazarakis, Mr Spyridon and Angelopoulos, Dr Konstantinos
Authors: Agol, D., Angelopoulos, K., Lazarakis, S., Mancy, R., and Papyrakis, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Publisher:Global Challenges Research Fund
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the author

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