Pastoralism

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Pastoralism is changing. Food crises and a lack of government support are fuelling concerns that pastoralist livelihoods are unviable, both as a way of life and a system of producing food.

 

Yet new opportunities are opening up: better communications, transport and large shifts in trade are changing the commercial landscape. And some governments are embracing pastoralism more closely than before as part of their economic strategy.

 

The Future Agricultures Consortium is investigating the changing landscape of pastoralism in the Horn of Africa. We are examining who wins and loses from the changes taking place, and why.  We are also looking at the new forms pastoralism is taking, and how pastoralists are responding to change in different ways.


Latest articles

The Future of Pastoralism in Africa
The Future of Pastoralism in Africa
October 18, 2010 / Pastoralism
An international conference to debate the future of pastoralists in Africa, 21-23 March 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The future of pastoralism in Africa is uncertain and radical changes are affecting Pastoralist areas in terms of access to resources, options for

Innovations in peace and security
May 18, 2010 / Pastoralism
In recent years in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia violent incidents have claimed increasing numbers of lives. Incidents of political intimidation, cattle rustling, smuggling and other kinds of crime have spread fear, disrupted trade, hampered livestock production and impeded mobility.

Pastoralist Innovation Systems
Pastoralist Innovation Systems
April 12, 2010 / Pastoralism
The research focus of this project has been to explore and critically assess pastoralist innovation systems. There has been very little literature on innovation in the livestock sector and a particular lack of knowledge on innovation involving pastoralists. Existing formal

Publication: Pastoral Innovation Systems
Publication: Pastoral Innovation Systems
January 22, 2010 / Pastoralism
While there has been much discussion of the importance of innovation in African agriculture, remarkably little has focused on mobile pastoral systems. Everyone agrees that science, technology and innovation must be at the centre of economic growth, livelihood improvement and

E-debate: Pastoralism in Crisis?
E-debate: Pastoralism in Crisis?
November 15, 2009 / Pastoralism
Drought in the Horn of Africa – again. With the region's worst drought in over a decade, pastoral households around the Ethiopian, Kenyan and Somali borders have been hard hit. Alongside the humanitarian response, a re-emerging debate on the future