UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Landscape, time and cultural resilience

11 March 2016

Food Security, Water and Local Knowledge in Marakwet, Kenya

A new paper 'Landscape, time and cultural resilience: a brief history of agriculture in Pokot and Marakwet, Kenya', authored by Professor Henrietta Moore and Dr Matthew Davies from UCL African Studies, has been published in the Journal of Eastern African Studies.

The paper considers the Marakwet and Pokot communities of northwest Kenya, both of which have been subjected to a range of external agricultural interventions. However, Marakwet and Pokot farming remains largely based on practices with a deeper history. The authors argue that this continuity through time also masks smaller-scale innovations, movements and changes that attest to a dynamic, yet hidden ‘cultural resilience’ spanning several centuries.

Read the paper online.