CONSERVATION AND LIVESTOCK - OUR HOLISTIC APPROACH
The Mara Beef Company is partnering with the Enonkishu Conservancy (Enonkishu is Maa for ‘place of healthy cattle’), working with the Maasai community on improving the livestock husbandry practices and the genetics for the local pastoralists by introducing high quality beef breeds such as Aberdeen Angus and Boran to their herds.
We work together with the Enonkishu Conservancy and the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservation Association to protect natural resource management in a wildlife - livestock integrated approach. We have created a grazing plan for the Conservancy to allow grasslands to be grazed intensively for a short period then be left alone to recover for long periods, thereby improving the grasslands over the course of time.
The integrated use of wildlife and livestock by communities in this area aims to spread the economic and financial risk, reduce vulnerability to stochastic events such as droughts, and increase food-security through supplementary income generation. Clearly this approach holds enormous potential benefits for wildlife conservation and livelihood security.
We are engaging with the community to establish sustainable livestock production, reducing overgrazing and overstocking, conserving and restoring biodiversity as well as a grazing management system aimed at restoring healthy soils that:
Mara Beef provides market linkages to pastoralist communities with premium prices. Linking pastoralist communities with high value markets in the major centres using Mara Beef’s existing and well developed marketing and distribution systems, in a manner that is reliable, predictable and commands significantly higher prices.
Mara Beef grows its produce holistically: In 2014, the Enonkishu Conservancy (a partner to Mara Beef) was selected out of over 90 applications from 25 countries to become a Savory Hub. We run a learning center and demonstration ranch for holistic management within the Enonkishu Conservancy that serves this region of the Mara Serengeti Ecosystem - we are exposing a method of land and resource management to people that regenerates land through production instead of depleting it. Our vision is to strengthen rural communities, and decrease the risk of catastrophic drought whilst improving soil health.