Exploiting indigenous knowledge in the environmental conservation and promotion of African plants: case study on Mwingi and Kyuso districts, Kenya

  • M Muniafu
  • FK Iraki
  • E Otiato


Mwingi and Kyuso districts are located in the semi-arid zone V region of Kenya with annual rainfall of less than 400 mm. The biggest town of the districts is Mwingi town and it is located about 170km east of Kenya's capital city Nairobi. The two districts are agro-climatically placed into arid and semiarid zones (ASALs) and they take up 33.6 million hectares of the country's 44.6 million hectares of arable land with substantial areas, apart from the two districts, being in Machakos, Makueni, Kitui and Kajiado districts (Gachimbi et al., 2001). It is a region that has traditionally supported low populations of the Kamba people who were hunters that at the same time practiced an extremely low intensity form of agriculture and reared livestock (especially goats). Over several years, they developed sustainable and effective exploitation mechanisms of the existing biodiversity resources to satisfy their individual needs and those of their societies in general.

Journal of Language, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Africa Vol. 1 (1) 2007 pp. 126-133

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