Camels to cope with a changing climate


As parts of Kenya are becoming drier as a result of a changing climate, an increasing number of farmers are switching to camel herding. Camels are much more resistant to drought than cows and keep producing milk in dry periods.

The number of camels in Kenya has increased threefold over the past ten years and SNV is helping women pastoralists to improve the production and quality of the camel milk. By developing a women-led camel milk cooperative, we provide producers with training on milking techniques, milk handling and hygiene, as well as support in obtaining milking buckets and aluminium cans for clean transport of the milk. Together with a bulking and cooling centre, this has significantly reduced milk spoilage and losses. As a result, women producers can increase their incomes and household food security.

An article on the benefits of camel herding can be found on Deutsche Welle (in English).


Harm Duiker

Country Director - Mali and Nigeria