The Borana pastoralist people of Northern Kenya had been observing how climate change impacts on their communities with the gradual erosion of traditional coping practices. Women used to churn milk to make ghee during the rainy season in preparation for drought. Milk made into yoghurt and preserved lasted for half a year. When drought came, village elders ordered the slaughter of healthy animals for meat preservation that lasted for a year. In recent times, their food system has been commercialized and the concept of relief food has replaced communal slaughtering, meat preserving and sharing with donors’ and government’s intervention in food distribution processes. Milk is sold now in towns to travellers instead of being churned into ghee. Relief foods and cash transfer schemes are prevalent.