Pastoralist innovation to secure livelihoods in the Horn
Pastoralist areas of the Horn of Africa are experiencing rapid change. Innovations by pastoralists themselves provide new ideas and practical experience to learn from. Alongside formal scientific and technological advancements, pastoralists are developing and testing new knowledge and practices to manage longstanding challenges and more recent pressures as well as take advantage of emerging opportunities to participate in national and regional politics and markets. The 4-page policy brief “Innovation works: pastoralists building secure livelihoods in the Horn of Africa” issued by the Future Agricultures Consortium (UK) summarises lessons from innovations by pastoralists in Ethiopia and Kenya in three areas: land deals and access to high value fodder; commercialisation and markets; and peace-building.