Success and Failure: The Breakdown of Traditional Drought Coping Institutions Among the Pastoral Turkana of Kenya

@article{McCabe1990SuccessAF,
  title={Success and Failure: The Breakdown of Traditional Drought Coping Institutions Among the Pastoral Turkana of Kenya},
  author={J. Terrence McCabe},
  journal={Journal of Asian and African Studies},
  year={1990},
  volume={25},
  pages={146 - 160}
}
  • J. McCabe
  • Published 1 July 1990
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of Asian and African Studies
During the severe drought of 1979-1981 over 80,000 Turkana people of northwestern Kenya left their pastoral lifestyle and migrated into famine relief camps. Although the drought affected both northern and southern Turkana district, the people who left the pastoral sector lived primarily in northern Turkana. A comparison of the pastoral economies of these two groups revealed that the indigenous drought coping institutions of the northern Turkana had begun to break down, while those of the… 

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