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Camels provide farmers in drylands with milk and income

This week’s story from Mauritania illustrates the vital role that date palms play in desert oases. It also mentions another iconic desert dweller: the camel. Like dates, camels are well-adapted to life in arid regions.

Our script of the week comes from Kenya and talks about the droughts of 2000. In dire need after many of its cattle died, a Maasai community turned to the camel. Camels can survive droughts by browsing on leaves other animals cannot eat, and are resistant to most diseases. A lactating camel can go for twelve days without drinking water. Camels can be milked up to four times a day and produce milk all year-round. This regular source of milk became a reliable and consistent source of income and a nutritious food for the Maasai community at a time when other foods were in short supply.

This script is based on an interview with a farmer in Kajiado district, in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province.

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