Livestock drive north Kenya's economy, and form a central part of cultural values and traditions. They dictate the way and pace of life, and for many households, offer the sole source of income. 

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The northern rangelands are under increasing pressure to support growing livestock numbers, and conservancies are trying to find ways to manage natural resources for the benefit of both cattle and wildlife.

LivestockWORKS aims to create that link, by providing a market for pastoralists from high performing conservancies. NRTT holds markets in conservancies with good governance and rangeland management, buying cattle directly from pastoralists.

  • 2,335 head of cattle were bought from 1,175 sellers in 14 conservancies in 2018

  • Sellers earned Ksh. 94 million (US$ 940,000) in income

Sellers contribute Ksh. 1,000 (US$ 10) from their sale to their conservancies as an administration fee (in 2018 this amounted to Ksh 2.2 million (US$ 22,000). NRTT also contributes Ksh. 2,000 (US$ 20) per purchase to the conservancy as a conservation contribution. A total of Ksh 6.2 million was paid to conservancies in conservation fees in 2018.

After purchase, each animal is microchipped then fattened on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and other private ranches in Laikipia. They are then slaughtered on Ol Pejeta Conservancy and sold to markets in Nairobi.