Pastoralism Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:08:55 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (Future Agricultures Consortium) Regional dialogue on Pastoralism and the 'New Alliance', June 2014 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 Agricultures and Tufts University, was entitled "Stronger food security and nutrition in dryland and pastoral areas: harnessing the potential of the New Alliance".

Presentations from the event are available to view and download.

]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:45:30 +0000
Pastoralism, politics and violence Pastoralists in EthiopiaTwo 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 challenges, history, politics of these situations can help to point the way towards supporting greater dialogue and development.

]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:57:32 +0000
Pastoralism in Ethiopia: new briefings and paper camel trader

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, employment and a system of trade that stretches across the region.

]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:38:34 +0000
Opening 'policy space' for pastoralism in Kenya garissa1Pastoralism 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 looks at what progress has been made and what the future holds for pastoral development in the country.

]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:58:02 +0000
Pastoralist innovation in Kenya Woman herding camelsOn 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 reflect critically on how pastoral?driven innovation can be incorporated into policies and investments for strengthening pastoralism in the Horn of Africa.

]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Fri, 17 May 2013 10:13:31 +0000
Pastoralism book launch, Kenya: video & audio elmi-v2

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 Lands, who spoke about the book to an audience of policy makers, researchers, development practitioners and journalists.

“What I value about this book is the richness and diversity it portrays. It does not ignore the challenges, nor the fact that the changes we are witnessing in pastoral areas – of greater commercialisation, individualisation and integration – will have both winners and losers. But alongside these it gives us the positive examples of pastoralists adapting successfully to change, as they always have. And it captures the innovation among peoples who are too often dismissed as backward and reactionary,” said the Minister.

]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:13:02 +0000
Learning from pastoralists on climate change herder-sudan

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.

]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Mon, 07 Jan 2013 15:56:39 +0000
Book: Pastoralism and Development in Africa Pastoralism book cover

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 diverse approaches which are rarely in line with standard development prescriptions. (Description en français)

Through 20 detailed empirical chapters, the book highlights diverse pathways of development beyond the standard narratives.

Paperback, £24.95 GBP
Buy online (discount code: PDA20)

This book is part of the STEPS Centre's Pathways to Sustainability book series.


]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:04:21 +0000
Project: The politics of changing pastoral livelihoods in the Horn of Africa kenya_market_webThis 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 the changing economy in pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa associated with new dynamics of marketing, trade, investment and integration,

the emergence of new forms of pastoralism, and pastoral engagement with other production systems, in and as a result of these new systemic contexts, and

the changing engagement of pastoralists and pastoral systems in political environments in the region.

]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:19:33 +0000
Studies on the economic contributions of livestock in North and East Africa cattle1Livestock 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 co-authors) on the contribution of livestock to the national economies of four countries in the region: Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda.

]]> (Nathan Oxley) Pastoralism Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:40:06 +0000
FAC and its partners host MPs meeting on pastoral livelihoods and policy MPS

Securing land tenure for pastoralists in Kenya is one of the major concerns for policymakers from the pastoral community.

A breakfast meeting hosted by Future Agricultures Consortium and its partners, Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE) and Pastoralists Development Network of Kenya (PDNK) addressed the issue.  Members of parliament from the pastoral community expressed concerns that pastoralists continue to lose large chunks of their land to competing interests such as irrigation agricultural and to private developers.

Pastoralism Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:34:38 +0000
Researchers discuss pastoralist innovation: Video Commentary_darkFAC Researchers speak about pastoral innovation after presenting five research findings at FAC's University of the Bush in November 2010.


Pastoralism Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:26:57 +0000
University of the Bush: Seminar 2 future_pastoralismThe second in the series of seminars known as the ‘University of the Bush’ took place at Malka Bisan Adi near Kinna, Kenya, on 22-24 November 2010. Around 50 pastoralists attended from across Kenya and southern Ethiopia. They were joined by the local MP, Hon. Abdul Ali Bahar and MP for Saku and Deputy Minister for the Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands, Hon. Hussein Tari Sasura. Two representatives from DFID-Kenya also attended the seminar.


Pastoralism Tue, 04 Jan 2011 08:10:52 +0000
The Future of Pastoralism in Africa 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 mobility and opportunities for marketing. These changes bring new possibilities for making pastoralist livelihoods stronger but many questions remain about the sustainability of these changes: Is there opportunity for a productive, vibrant, market-oriented livelihood system or will pastoralist areas remain a backwater of underdevelopment, marginalisation and severe poverty? How can pastoralist ‘drop-outs’ be supported after they leave the livelihood but continue to interact with the livestock sector?

Pastoralism Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:41:01 +0000
Pastoralist Innovation Systems ethiopia_march_2009II 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 innovation systems in the livestock sector emphasise the development of new technology and knowledge by scientists, such as cross-breeding livestock and improving methods of artificial insemination, reflecting a bias toward ranching and commercial beef production.

Policy briefing

Innovation works: pastoralists building secure livelihoods in the Horn of Africa (download PDF)

]]> (Liz Adams) Pastoralism Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:48:08 +0000
Pastoral Policy in Ethiopia: High Level Seminar The seminar was co-hosted by the UNOCHA Pastoral Communications Initiativeand the Future Agricultures Consortium. Read the seminar programme and download the workshop report(3.7mb)

Pastoralism Fri, 01 Dec 2006 00:00:00 +0000
E-debate: Pastoralism in Crisis? Man_goat

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 of pastoral systems is taking shape. Is the proverbial grass greener on one side than the other?

Pastoralism Sun, 15 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0000
Publication: Pastoral Innovation Systems

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 development more broadly. But it must always be asked: what innovation - and for whom? Decisions about direction, diversity and distribution are key in any discussion of innovation options and wider development pathways.

Pastoralism Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000