RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION
IMPACT conducts research in the Northern pastoral communities of Kenya with the aim of documenting indigenous communities' knowledge, culture, and history to preserve it for future generations. This information also assists other organizations in building indigenous grassroots movements and sets the right pace for all projects that are relevant to the needs of the community.
Information is preserved in films, books, and research papers or reports, and knowledge is disseminated through the replay of the documentaries in media houses, cinemas and through the distribution of books and reports.
IMPACT partners with both local and international researchers and students to carry out this research. IMPACT not only hosts the researchers and provides them with logistical support to implement their studies but also introduces these researchers to the local community and assists them in translation.
IMPACT aims to create a community-based learning approach between local and international universities and has been facilitating an exchange learning program for easier exchange of knowledge between learners. This assists students through their interactions to broaden their understanding of their study areas. These reports also help the organization to best understand differences in culture and their ways of life.
IMPACT has already worked with a number of researchers studying specific areas in Northern Kenya. We host two students from McGill University once every year as they do their internship. We have also worked with lecturers from McGill University from the research department who include Professor Galaty and Professor Pollini in conducting studies on resource-based conflicts in Laikipia and Samburu. These reports are out and can be accessed from the McGill University website. IMPACT is also partnering with Dr. Brock Bersaglio and Dr. Charis from Sheffield University in the UK and Dr. Alex Awiti from Agha-Khan University in Kenya to carry out research on LAPSSET along the LAPSSET corridor in Kenya.
IMPACT collaborated with McGill University to conduct a research study around Kipsing’, Wamba and Merti and created a short documentary of two of the scoping studies conducted.
IMPACT collaborated with the University of Sheffield to complete fieldwork for the Human-Wildlife Conflicts study in Il Ngwesi Community Land, formerly known as the Il Ngwesi Group Ranch.
Research and Documentation pictorial on Desert locust
Desert Locust Research Pictorials 2020
This picture was taken early January 2020 in Samburu East, In Sesia Community Land during the first arrival of the Desert Locust in Samburu County. This is one of the first swarms of the desert locusts’ arrival in Samburu East Sub-County. They were a matured swarm swarming around in search of a favorable area for breeding.
These plants are Datura stramonium. All the leaves have been cleared by the desert locusts during the first invasion by the desert locusts in January 2020. The plants have no benefits to the pastoral community and the community wished if the locusts could clear all Datura plants saying the plants are poisonous and kill their livestock. The sad story is the desert locusts cleared all the plants around living the livestock without the pasture they used to have in the area. The cows behind the Datura plans have nothing to collect from the ground and have to cross the land without putting their heads down
This old man is from the Samburu Community from Oldonyiro Sub-County of Isiolo County. He is narrating the story of the earlier desert locusts’ invasion around 70 years ago. He explained the route taken by the locusts, the roosting and breeding places as well as the kind of responses used by the colonial government in place during the arrival.
Brown colour on top of the trees are the desert locusts and the affected area at Nkoteyia in Samburu West Sub-County. This is one of the sensitive areas where the response of the desert locusts is not supposed to take place being an important area but an aerial spray has just taken place before we arrived. The desert locusts’ team says they do respond in such areas using mild concentrated insecticides
This was a desert locust feeding on the green leaves of plants during the first invasion of the desert locusts in January 2020 around Kipsing in Oldonyiro Sub-County in Isiolo County.
This photo of the dead locust was taken at a place known as Lempaute in Samburu East Sub-County in early February 2020. The dead locust were after a successful response by the desert locust response team where the. The area is filled with bad odour due to the decay of the dead desert locusts. After the rains, all the dead locusts were washed to Lempaute dam that was used by the community for domestic water. The water had a bad smell forcing the community to stop taking the water travelling for long distances for drinking water.
This are the desert locust nymphs from lenkusaka village around Samburu East,sub-county.
The nymphs are in the second or third stage of their development cycle.
At this stage they do not fly and are very destructive unlike the mature locust that fly from one place to another.
COMMUNITY RESEARCHERS TRAINING
To be effective in managing natural resources based conflicts organizations need to learn how to collect and incorporate data into the decision making and project development. The training on young community researchers in research processes and tools has concluded and the young researchers will be placed in PARAN_Kenya alliance members. Generous support from Institute of Development Studies
In IMPACT the community researcher fellows will be attached to the peace building and conflict transformation, community land protection program, research program and movement building.