FIgures on livestock in the African drylands

Quantitative information on the importance of livestock systems in African drylands is scarce. A new study by Tim Robinson, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and Giulia Conchedda, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), helps to redress this. The study’s focus countries are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda in East Africa and Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal in West Africa. According to this study, taking the US$2.00 per day poverty line, the greatest absolute numbers of poor livestock keepers living in dryland systems are in Nigeria (22.2 million), Ethiopia (18.3 million), Sudan and South Sudan (14.1 million) and Tanzania (13.9 million). Poor livestock keepers in dryland livestock-only systems are most abundant in Sudan and South Sudan, with 6.9 million and 6 million, respectively. Read the full Living Data Input:

Posted on 8 September 2014 in Pastoralist Livelihoods & Nutrition