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

Regional dialogue on Pastoralism and the ‘New Alliance’, June 2014
October 10, 2014 / Pastoralism
A regional dialogue in Addis Ababa on 10 June 2014 explored how the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition can be harnessed to strengthen food security and nutrition for populations living in pastoral areas. The event, organised by Future

Pastoralism, politics and violence
Pastoralism, politics and violence
July 2, 2014 / Pastoralism
Two new working papers present studies of conflict among pastoralists and other groups in two regions of the Horn of Africa and an area of Northern Namibia. Pastoralists are responding to social and economic changes in different ways. Understanding the

Pastoralism in Ethiopia: new briefings and paper
Pastoralism in Ethiopia: new briefings and paper
June 4, 2014 / Pastoralism
The pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa are some of the most dynamic economically on the continent, with a combined export and domestic livestock trade surpassing $1 billion per annum. Livestock marketing is driving urban and small town growth,

Opening ‘policy space’ for pastoralism in Kenya
Opening ‘policy space’ for pastoralism in Kenya
September 6, 2013 / Pastoralism
Pastoralism in Kenya has been neglected and understood. A new government Ministry was formed in 2008 aimed to create policy and institutional change. A new Working Paper by Izzy Birch and Mohamed Elmi tells the story of the Ministry. It

Pastoralist innovation in Kenya
Pastoralist innovation in Kenya
May 17, 2013 / Pastoralism
On 29th April 2013 the RVI hosted a seminar to discuss the book Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins, in collaboration with the Future Agricultures Consortium. The seminar brought together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to

Pastoralism book launch, Kenya: video & audio
Pastoralism book launch, Kenya: video & audio
February 18, 2013 / Pastoralism
The book Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins had its Kenya launch in Nairobi on 13 February 2013. The keynote speaker was Hon. Mohamed Elmi, Minister of State for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid

Learning from pastoralists on climate change
Learning from pastoralists on climate change
January 7, 2013 / Pastoralism
Change is sweeping the Greater Horn of Africa and many of the other drylands of the world. New threats are appearing, as well as opportunities. In a new post on the ILRI blog, Susan MacMillan looks at the section on

Book: Pastoralism and Development in Africa
Book: Pastoralism and Development in Africa
July 9, 2012 / Pastoralism
This book gives a view of ‘development at the margins’ in the pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa. Edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind and Ian Scoones, Pastoralism and Development In Africa highlights innovation and entrepreneurialism, cooperation, networking and

Studies on the economic contributions of livestock in North and East Africa
Studies on the economic contributions of livestock in North and East Africa
March 7, 2012 / Pastoralism
Livestock is important to the economies of countries in Northern and Eastern Africa, and there has been a need to demonstrate this contribution. The FAO IGAD Livestock Policy Initiative has published a series of studies by Roy Behnke (together with

Project: The politics of changing pastoral livelihoods in the Horn of Africa
Project: The politics of changing pastoral livelihoods in the Horn of Africa
February 29, 2012 / Pastoralism
This project explores how changes in social, economic and political systems in the Horn of Africa are changing the nature of pastoralism, and the new types of pastoralism that are emerging. Our research explores the following areas: The characteristics of