Camels, Ostriches, and Sheep, Oh My! ISDC Meets in Nairobi in Preparation of Portfolio25 Proposal Reviews

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    11.03.24

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When the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) came upon Moses’ farm in 2008, they found cattle bones of what was left of his smallholder farm that suffered from that year’s devastating drought.

Situated in a remote area within Kenya’s semi-arid region, the Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC) visited Moses’ farm, which represents the challenges faced by climate change and adaptive measures supported by ILRI’s research. Like many others, Moses suffered significant losses over the past 15 years, but what sustained his farm is his reliance on Red Masai Sheep. This indigenous breed has shown remarkable resilience in the face of drought, attributed to their relatively large legs facilitating movement in search of food and water and their resistance to gastrointestinal worms, enabling them to endure prolonged dry spells.

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