Briefings with lawmakers inform pastoral policy debates
The work of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) on pastoralism is gaining attention from policymakers and civil-society organisations in eastern Africa. Following the first breakfast briefings for Members of Parliament (MPs) on pastoral livelihoods organised by FAC (Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK) in partnership with the Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE) and the Pastoralists Development Network of Kenya (PDNK), the parliamentarians invited FAC, CEMIRIDE and PDNK to form a working group on how researchers can more effectively use their findings to inform policy. Through the working group, FAC is supporting a series of consultative sessions with pastoral MPs on focussed policy issues, including a session on land. FAC researchers John Letai and Abdirizak Nunow are preparing to share their research in regional consultations for the National Land Commission, a statutory body established to collect evidence to inform forthcoming land reform processes. Read more.