KLMC has been in the forefront in advocating for the rights of the pastoralists and negotiating for better policies in the ASAL areas. KLMC has been working closely with Pastoralists Parliamentary Group (PPG) in order to lobby for favourable livestock policies. Moreover, KLMC was involved in the advocacy for better infrastructure development for the pastoral areas through ‘Great Road Campaign’ organizing pastoralists gathering every year ‘pastoralist week’ with other partners, facilitated livestock policy review, beef value chain study, participates and represents pastoralists in all livestock related forums and research. The organization also was in forefront in opposing the implementation of Nairobi city council by laws which involved introduction of charges for animals/by product (meat) coming to the city and successfully argued the case through legal means.
Creation of favorable livestock policies
KLMC continues to influence policy issues relating to pastoralist, livestock production and marketing both at the national and county levels. KLMC implements four technical livelihood development components which include among others, the development of livestock related structures such as markets, loading ramps,slaughter slabs, fences, water truoughs,crushes among others. The organization in support with other development partners has put in a place a management model called CO-MANAGEMENT whereby the community, local authorities and KLMC affiliated livestock associations jointly take part in the management of these facilities. This partnership has been very helpful to all the parties involved in the sense that it has increased local markets promotion, improved security at the markets places, led to proper infrastructure management and information dissemination and doubled the revenues collected from the sales of animals.
Under this partnership, the roles of Livestock Marketing Associations (LMAs) is to coordinate the overall management of the markets, manage the collection of the cess, and ensure that there is enough security at the market place, solve market grievances amicably, initiate quarterly planning meetings with the county government as well as the community to identify gaps and share progress and to strengthen partnerships with other local institutions for the sustainable management of these facilities.
National secretariat has also participated in sharing of land policy. KLMC was represented in the land policy committee from the initial stage; therefore saw the need to share the policy with our members. We believe the policy is progressive and it will empower pastoralist land ownership.
Quality Assurance of livestock and its product
KLMC is advocating for the creation of disease free zones or proper control measures in Arid and semi arid areas in order to promote export of livestock and its product. To achieve this, KLMC is training producers on better husbandry practices, health, breed improvement, disease surveillance and control. Supporting and training women groups that are involved in the primary processing of skins and milk selling on value addition and prolonging milk shelve life. Milk and hides/skins groups are supported by KLMC and linked to local and external markets to sell their products.