Title

Livestock Production, Age, and Gender Among the Keiyo of Kenya

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1996

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

This article is based on a study of time allocation and decision making pattems among the Keiyo in three ecological zones of Elgeyo-Marakwet District, Kenya. It finds that age and gender are important factors to consider when examining livestock production among African smallholder farners. This is especially true where males are absent from home for wage labor. In these situations women, young males between the ages of 6-15, and persons of both sexes aged 65 and over spend considerable amounts of time engaged in livestock-related activities. These women are also more actively involved in decision making conceming the marketing of milk. The results indicate that there is a definite need to consider the contributions of these other persons when efforts are being made to improve elements of the livestock sector.

Publication Title

Human Ecology

Volume

24

Issue

2

First Page

215

Last Page

230