Government-driven development and pastoralism in the Horn

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University Ethiopia, produced a 444-page book entitled The intricate road to development: government development strategies in the pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa (2015). It contains 13 chapters by Eastern African authors about pastoralism as a livelihood strategy and a system of mobile livestock production that makes wide-ranging use of grazing lands in arid and semi-arid environment in areas where crops cannot be grown sustainably. It underlines the importance of mobility over large areas of land so that pastoralists can bring their herds to seasonal pastures in order to convert pasture vegetation into food for humans and looks at this in the light of governmental development interventions. Particular attention is given to conflict over the use of land and other resources. The cases come from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somaliland and Uganda.

Posted on 27 May 2016 in Pastoralism & Mobility, Pastoralism & Natural Resources, Pastoralism, Policy & Power