The mid-congress tours are designed to give the participants an overview of the grasslands/rangelands in Kenya and also meet and interact with the people who depend on the grasslands/rangelands for their livelihoods.
Region 2: Machakos, Kiboko, Kangundo, Makueni Region
This region will take the participants across the expansive Acacia Savanna of Athi plans (South West of Nairobi) and observe the threat to the grassland/rangeland and livestock production occasioned by real estate development.
Cattle grazing natural pasture in southern rangelands Kenya
a) Alternative range/grassland production
The group will visit a Maasai pastoralist to appreciate range management under traditional systems. Since alternative grass/rangeland utilization is growing, this group will also visit an ostrich farm to appreciate different products including agrotourism.
b) Kekenyoike pasture production and slaughter house (green production)
The group will visit a Maasai clan that has integrated pasture production, beef production and marketing. The group runs a slaughter house which uses green energy and are now packing and retailing biogas from the slaughter waste.
c) Largescale commercial beef (cow/suckler), group ranches/smallholder dairy (agropastoral system and alternative range/grassland production.
In this semi-arid areas the management of natural grassland to produce meat and milk will be demonstrated. This group will also visit a group ranch so that they can contrast the pasture management between a private commercial and community managed rangelands.
d) KALRO pasture research (Katumani) and smallholder dairy production
The participants will visit the KALRO Katumani research Centre and interact with technical staff on Climate smart Bracharia grass research work, pasture development and its support to smallholder dairy farms. The group will also visit a smallholder dairy farm supplying improved genetic material to farmers.
e) Pasture research at KALRO Kiboko and agro-pastoral system
Participants will visit KALRO Kiboko to appreciate the pasture research work on range grasses and seed production systems. The will also visit an agro-pastoralist producing grass seeds for sell to farmers and farmer with a tree/pasture production system.