Mar 212011
 

The African Union has adopted a policy framework on pastoralism during the Eighteenth Ordinary Session of the Executive Council from 24-28 January 2011 in Addis Ababa. The document provides a major opportunity to highlight government commitments and responsibilities towards pastoralists at a time when we see negative statements and actions in Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania. CELEP celebrates the steps the African Union has taken and encourages governments to implement the framework into their own policies as soon as possible. Governments will have to review their policies with a view to develop a comprehensive policy which takes into account the specific needs of pastoralism and to build adequate human, financial and technical capacities to support pastoral policy development.

For more information, read the policy framework of the African Union on pastoralism (465) (pdf, 240 Kb)!

  2 Responses to “African Union adopts new policy framework on pastoralism”

  1. AGRO-PASTORALISM IS A KEY CONCEPT THAT IS FACED WITH MULTIFACETED CONFLICTING ISSUES IN AFRICA THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED.

    • POLICY FRAMEWORK ACROSS AFRICA CONCERNING PASTORAL FARMING SHOULD ALSO CATER FOR THE SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD OF THE HOST COMMUNITIES.SUCH POLICY MUST RECOGNIZE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S RIGHTS AS ENUMERATED IN THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION’S CHATER 169. AS THE LIVES OF THE PASTORAL FARMERS AND THEIR HERDS ARE PROTECTED, SIMILARLY, THAT OF THE HOST COMMUNITIES MUST BE PROTECTED FOR FOOD SECURITY IN THE CONTINENT.
      HOWEVER, THERE MUST BE GOVERNMENT RESPONSIVENESS IN EACH COUNTRIES TO FORMULATE POLICIES IN A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH.THE TWO GROUPS SHOULD BE ASSISTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO FORMULATE, IMPLEMENT ,MONITOR AND EVALUATE SUCH POLICY FROM TIME TO TIME.

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