Our traditional pastoral way of life is currently threatened by the recent effects of climate change as well as by the strict conservation practices implemented within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The government provides some food assistance; however, it’s not nearly enough to support the community. To further exacerbate the problem, in 2007 a ban was placed by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) on any agricultural production within the boundaries of the conservation area. Prior to this the local Maasai relied on subsistence farming to supply food for their families. Since the ban food scarcity is rampant. All produce has to be shipped in from outside, and the cost of buying produce is prohibitive.
The Maasai living within the conservation area are not getting enough to eat and malnutrition and starvation, along with their deleterious health effects is on the rise. The poorest people have to depend on the generosity of their neighbors and extended family which is difficult since everyone has been impacted by this ban. To address this crisis we decided to start a program to provide goats to the poorest families who don’t own livestock.