Future of Pastoralism

Book: Pastoralism and Development: Dynamic Change at the Margins


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 Cutley, Jeremy Lind and Ian Scoones, Pastoralism and Development In Africa highlights innovation and entrepreneurialism, cooperation and networking and diverse approaches which are rarely in line with standard development prescriptions. Through 20 detailed empirical chapters, the book highlights diverse pathways of development, going beyond the standard ‘aid’ and ‘disaster’ narratives.


The book is part of the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability book series.


Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins
Earthscan / Routledge, July 2012
Paperback, £24.95 GBP

About the Conference

The Future of Pastoralism Conference was an international conference held in Addis Ababa on 21-23 March 2011.

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?

These web pages contain many of the contributions made at the conference. These include

Latest articles

Day 1 & 2 Summaries
Day 1 & 2 Summaries
March 23, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
A conference summary  of day and 2  by Amdissa Teshome, FAC Ethiopia.

The case for index-based livestock insurance and cash payments for northern Kenya’s pastoralists
March 23, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
On the second day of a ‘Future of Pastoralism in Africa’ Conference, being held this week (21–23 March 2011) in Addis Ababa at the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a panel session focused on new approaches for strengthening

Seeking Alternative Livelihoodsin Northern Kenya
March 18, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Elliot Fratkin PhD Smith College MA USA Martha A. Nathan MD Baystate Health Center and Tufts School of Medicine Eric Abella RothPhD University of Victoria CA

Multiple dimensions of pastoral conflict over land and territory within the Afar region of Ethiopia
March 15, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
By Simone Rettberg, University of Bayreuth, Germany For Panel 3: Regional conflict dynamics in the Horn of Africa and implications for pastoral development

Conference Outputs
March 14, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Commentaries on each of the 12 panel sessions were provided by participants and are linked below. There are is also a summary of Day 1 and Day 2.

Press Release
March 14, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Immediate Release: March 2011 David Hughes, Future Agricultures Consortium Communications and Networking Officer can be contacted on: +254 716 608 122 or d.hughes@future-agricultures.org  Website: www.future-agricultures.org  Pastoralists: moving with the times Frequently depicted as in crisis, pastoralists are changing the way they

Fast Facts
March 9, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Around 90 researchers from around the world will gather at an international conference on the “Future of Pastoralism” to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during 21-21rd March, 2011. This crucial event will allow space for critical reflection on the

February 7, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Over 40 papers were presented across 12 panels during the conference. Find the full listing of plenary presentations, all papers, plus panel abstracts here.

Conference Abstracts
February 4, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Short descriptions of conference papers and presentations.

Conference Background
Conference Background
January 31, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
The future of pastoralism in Africa is uncertain. Pastoralist areas are experiencing radical changes in access to key resources, options for mobility and opportunities for marketing and trade. These changes present new threats and possibilities for making pastoralist livelihoods stronger.