Lessons Learned Lesson 1: Group Ranches
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Beginning in the mid-1960s, the government of Kenya introduced the concept of group ranches in an attempt to commercialize livestock production, improve pastoral wellbeing, and promote environmental management. In 1968, the government passed legislation which legalized the ownership and occupation of land by a group of people, and provided the legal basis for the establishment of group ranches. While promising, group ranches failed to achieve their objectives and today few, if any, group ranches remain. This lesson examines the development and implementation of group ranches, the differing interests of the government and Maasai in the group ranch concept, and the subdivision of many group ranches into individual plots.