27/11/2017
By: Ann

Changes in vegetation & herd structure in East Pokot, Kenya

Oral evidence from Pokot pastoralists on vegetation change in the rangelands of northern Baringo District, Kenya, points to major changes in structure and biodiversity composition over the past century. A landscape of perennial grasses has turned into Acacia-dominated shrubland. The article “Changes in landscape vegetation, forage plant composition and herding structure in the pastoralist livelihoods […]

27/11/2017
By: Ann

Pokot in Kenya intensify production through agropastoralism

Land-use and livelihood patterns among Eastern African pastoralists have undergone dramatic change in recent decades, as illustrated by the dynamics in East Pokot. The article “Agricultural change at the margins: adaptation and intensification in a Kenyan dryland” by Clemens Greinera & Innocent Mwakab, published in 2016 in the Journal of Eastern African Studies 10 (1): […]

24/11/2017
By: Ann

Milking drylands: Somali women & pastoral markets

The Milking Drylands research initiative, funded by the European Union’s Marie Curie programme, addressed issues of food security, market integration, gender roles and governance in the Somali ecosystem. It explored dynamics of social change in order to deepen understanding of complex pastoral economics and point to options for appropriate interventions. As the doctoral dissertation “Milking […]

22/11/2017
By: Ann

LAPSSET project & rural politics in northern Kenya

In 2012, construction began on the Lamu Port–South Sudan–Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor in northern Kenya. This is designed to connect Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia with new transport infrastructure, including a highway, railway and pipeline. According to planners, it will drive economic growth by improving trade, attracting investors and stimulating rural development along the transport […]

20/11/2017
By: Ann

Community animal health services build peace in the Sudans

In the Abyei Administrative Area (AAA) on the border between South Sudan and Sudan, Dinka Ngok and Missiriya pastoralists used to share pasture and water, with access being regulated by customary law. However, in recent years leading up to and after the independence of South Sudan, the AAA has been marked by frequent outbreaks of […]