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. The negotiations between the Ministry of local government and the various local authorities to accept community participation in the management of livestock markets (co-management) has been delayed due to devolution process taking place. All the policy and laws governing County government will be reviewed and we participated and presented members views in national and county forums. Meanwhile task force and councils that are implementing the concept are happy with the arrangement. We will continue up scaling co-management to all pastoral districts since we have good will from county council in pastoral regions.
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. 13 milk and hides/skins groups were supported by KLMC with some seed funds and trainings and a as pilot program the same groups linked to external markets to sell their products.
Farmers trained on spraying of animals