Pastoralism

Learning from pastoralists on climate change

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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 climate change in the book Pastoralism and Development in Africa.

The chapter on climate change, written by scientists connected to ILRI, argues that efforts to adapt to climate change will need to need to learn from pastoralists.

In the face of changes in climate (historical and current), for example, many pastoralists will change the species of animals they keep, or change the composition of the species in their herds.

However, ‘development at the margins’ will only work well where pastoralists, climate modellers and other scientists work together.

Image: A week ago with the camels in the desert, from charlesfred's photostream

Further Reading

  • Pastoral Economic Growth and Development Policy Assessment, Ethiopia: Four papers related to pastoral economic growth and development in Ethiopia and commissioned by the Department for International Development (DfID) at the request of the Government of Ethiopia.
  1. Retrospective Assessment of Pastoral Policies in Ethiopia, 1991-2008
  2. Future Scenarios for Pastoral Development in Ethiopia, 2010-2025
  3. Policy Options for Pastoral Development in Ethiopia
  4. Policy Options for Pastoral Development in Ethiopia and Reaction from the Regions