Contribution of Wild Plants to Pastoralists' Diet and their Conservation Threats in Kajiado County, Kenya
Mwanaima Rajab, Oliver Wasonga, Christian Hülsebusch, Brigitte Kaufmann
German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL), Germany
The wild edible plants (WEPs) are not only important for their nutritional value but also as alternatives to staple foods during food shortage. Their roles especially in the drylands where they serve as sources of both regular and famine food for millions of pastoral communities is crucial for food and nutrition security. However, rapid land-use changes in the drylands accompanied by destructive exploitation of natural habitats such as extractive use through charcoal production, clearing for cultivation and settlement threaten the WEPs. Despite these concerns, there is scanty information on the use as well as the extent to which their conservation is affected by the prevailing demand for natural products and pressure on land.
Keywords: Contribution to household food basket, pastoral areas, seasonality, threats, uses, wild food plants
Contact Address: Brigitte Kaufmann, German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL), Steinstrasse 19, 37213 Witzenhausen, Germany, e-mail: b.kaufmannditsl.org