The women farming in disaster zones

Publication: The Guardian

Many women in Kenya’s pastoral communities depend on donkeys to carry goods – transporting farm produce to markets or carrying firewood and water. For single and widowed women, their donkey may provide their only source of income by transporting goods for others. Across the world, millions of farm animals are owned by women, providing an important source of food, income – and social status. Empowering these farmers means helping them ensure their animals survive.

In March 2017 when I took this image rains had failed on a large-scale which led to a devastating drought across parts of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA). Death of livestock, the economic mainstay for many communities in the region, was widespread. Pastoralist communities were trekking further and further to find water and pasture in a desperate search to keep themselves and their animals alive. Here where this image was taken in Kenya’s Kajiado County water stress was alleviated by ongoing interventions by World Animal Protection who undertake disaster response operations as part of their mandate, targeting livestock with animal feeds and minerals.

The women farming in disaster zones
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