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The Picturesque Wildlife of Maasai Mara

Kenya’s wildlife is unrivaled by any other in the world, both in terms of numbers and variety of species. Thousands of tourists visit Kenya every year to view the wildlife particularly the wildebeest migration. Animals such as lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, hippopotamus, gazelles, cheetahs, hyena and wide range of bird species can all be found in Kenya and this has made Kenya the preferred tourist destination. Kenya is indeed a magical country – a fact that many tourists will attest to. Besides the wildlife, Kenya is also endowed with great geographic, cultural and natural diversity, offering tourists just as much, if not more, than they would dream of.

I am not going to talk about each one of these attractions here lest you accuse me of blowing my own trumpet but for the sake of this assignment of explaining the nexus between tourism and community development, am going to share about the Maasai community.

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A Snap With the Entrepreneurial Maasai Women

In a country of 42 tribes, only one tribe has stood out the world over as the most interesting community due its lifestyle, which until today has remained intact and unchanged for a number of centuries. How Maasais manage to “co-habit” with lions has puzzled many arousing their desire to visit their land. Largely associated with them is the Maasai Mara Reserve. Maasai Mara Reserve is the largest protected park in the country and is important not only to the Maasai people but the whole country due to its rich biodiversity.

Tourists from other countries flock to the park to see the animals in their natural habitat. They go on a ‘Safari’ in the park which has brought lots of money to the country. This money has been used to build hospitals, roads, bring electricity and water and other social amenities to the community.

Thanks to tourism, jobs have been created in the community. When the tourists visit, Maasai traditional songs, music and dances are performed for them in the lodges, tented camps and in the cultural bomas. Dances performed by both mixed and single groups based on age and sex, each having its own style. Good songs, music and dance are they which are well composed and have meaning in the context in which they are performed. These, have become so popular among tourists thereby asserting themselves as a distinct tourist product. People have been therefore employed to be performing to the visitors when they come. Clad in their traditional attire, the Maasai women are found selling beads and locally-made jewels and bracelets to the tourists camping and visiting in their location within the Maasai land. Beads, necklaces, and sceptres made in different colors, along with bracelets, are the most attractive locally-made jewellery by the Maasai women folks and which most tourists visiting the area want to buy. Many make a living from this.

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A Collection of Some of the Merchandise Sold by the Maasai Women

Indeed, the Kenya’s Maasai community is a true representation of a community reaping the benefits of tourism.

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I receiving my Trophy and certificate-Best Female Blog

Yees…I won indeed. To all my supporters and my entire online family, may I take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt gratitude for your support.  I am grateful that thanks to your support, I emerged the best female blogger at the yobloco awards under the auspices of The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with FARA, Yam-Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE, SPC, PAFPNET and e-Agriculture. Your support gave me the psych and inspiration to keep blogging  and feed you on relevant information.

Thank you. Thank you.Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.

Tonight, at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies twelve of us from a bunch of more than 100 other bloggers assembled in a ceremony to announce the winners. This came after over a month of anxiety, praying and hoping after the top twelve bloggers were announced. This contest is organized in the framework of the ARDYIS project, which aims to raise youth awareness and improve their capacity on agricultural and rural development issues in ACP countries using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Thank you again and keep visiting my blog for more stories and useful information of agriculture, other issues on rural development and am also going to introduce another segment on international relations – an issue am studying now.

Besides my passion for agriculture and the environment, I am also studying International Relations (IR). As an IR student, one studies a lot about international organizations and their role in shaping the international relations. It is in this context that our class went out on a visit to the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC).

Lake Victoria Basin Commission was established under the protocol for sustainable development of 2003. It was ratified in 2007 and it currently has a membership of five states; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It is mandated to promote sustainable development in the lake basin region. It promotes, facilitates and coordinates activities that are geared towards poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
The main objectives upon which the LVBC is premised are;

  1. To promote measures aimed at poverty alleviation.
  2. To promote equitable economic growth
  3. To promote sustainable utilization and management of natural resources
  4. To promote protection of the environment within the basin
  5. To promote compliance to safety of Navigation.

In carrying out its mandate, the LVBC faces some challenges; the projects development officer we talked to enumerated declining water lake levels, poor water quality, the water hyacinth, reduced fish and deforestation as some of the challenges the LVBC faces. However, it has had opportunities such as maintaining biodiversity, fisheries and encouragement of smart agriculture along the shores.

Thanks to my studies, we have visited and learnt about many institutions like this. We learn about their mandate, mission, objectives and contributions in shaping both regional and international relations. These institutions play a central role in peace building and creating conducive conditions for other players in the economies to thrive – including us farmers.

 

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