Welcome to Samburu County
Samburu is situated in the Northern part of the Rift Valley Province bordering Marsabit, Turkana, Isiolo, Baringo and Laikipia Counties. It is administratively divided into three sub-counties: – Central, East and North. Samburu County land covers an area of 20,826 Km2 with a total population of 224,000 out of whom 90% are nomadic pastoralists.
The area is inhabited by the Samburu who are the majority and a few Turkana, Somali and rendille ethnic groups whose main economic activity is livestock keeping. They practice a seasonal migratory lifestyle in continuous search of grazing pasture and water for their livestock, which provides them with milk, meat and blood for food as well as serving other socio-economic functions such a paying dowry.
The rainfall pattern in Samburu District is quite erratic and on average receives rainfall ranging from 750mm in the lowlands to 1200mm on the mountain and plateaus making the area not quite suitable for arable farming in the lowlands.
In areas where dry land agriculture is practiced the persistent and severe droughts/famine causes crop failure as well as livestock deaths further compounding the problem causing Samburu county to be ranked among the poorest in Kenya (UNDP 2005).
Our Governor Promises to turn round the economy of Samburu to improve livelihoods. Devolution and the new constitutional dispensation has opened up a new dawn and a lifetime opportunity to the Samburu people, a fact that will enable them rebuild their lives for a prosperous future.
Samburu County is a pastoralist area which is characterized by conflict, food insecurity and drought. It is one of the most disadvantaged communities in Kenya with high poverty levels
Despite the enormous underdevelopment that characterized the County has great and glaring opportunity that can be exploited to turn around…