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Table 1 Strategies slaughterhouses use to cope with calamities in the pastoral areas

From: Sustainable livelihood approach for assessing the impacts of slaughterhouses on livelihood strategies among pastoralists in Kenya

  Common calamities Roles slaughterhouses play to cope with the calamities
1 Climate change and frequent drought/famine Diversification to by-product value addition
Encourage sale and slaughter of animals if drought/famine persists
Develop common grazing rangeland resource management
2 Flooding Collective action for infrastructure development, for example, dykes and terraces
Develop common grazing land resource management
3 Conflicts (clan/community clashes) Encourage reconciliation
Invest in social capital (networks, associations, welfare groups)
4 Epidemic livestock diseases Pre-slaughter inspection
Discourage self-treatment of antibiotics
5 Wild animals’ encroachment/wild plants encroachment (e.g. Prosopis) to grazing lands Liaise with relevant government institutions
Develop land resource management if a game reserve is around
6 Wildfires to grazing lands Migration
Encourage sale and slaughter of animals if pasture becomes unavailable
Develop common grazing land resource management