Assessing Returns to Land and Changing Livelihood Strategies in Kitengela

  • David Nkedianye
  • Maren Radeny
  • Patti Kristjanson
  • Mario Herrero
Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 5)

4.1 Introduction

Kitengela comprises an area of ~390 km 2 (GOK, 2001) within Kajiado District and is part of a larger rangeland ecosystem called the Athi-Kaputiei Plains (a 2,456 km 2 ecosystem). The study area corresponds to Isinya Division (one of seven administrative units of Kajiado District). Neighbouring Nairobi, a city with a population estimated to be approaching 3 million, Kitengela is unique in that it supports a large- and long-distance wildlife migratory community (Fig. 4.1) that have lived alongside the resident Maasai for centuries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Nkedianye
    • 1
  • Maren Radeny
    • 1
  • Patti Kristjanson
    • 1
  • Mario Herrero
    • 1
  1. 1.International Livestock Research InstituteNairobiKenya

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