Social protection in pastoral areas of the Horn

Vulnerability and poverty levels seem to be deepening in many pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa, despite increasing livestock commercialisation and market integration. The recent economic investments in pastoral areas have not led to benefits in terms of food security and better nutrition. Chronically food-insecure people cannot engage in more productive livestock-keeping or other growth-oriented economic activities. Strengthening social protection systems in the Horn is prerequisite for realising more inclusive growth. The Future Agricultures Policy Brief 70 “Social protection in pastoral areas: promoting inclusive growth at the margins” (2014, 8pp) discusses the challenges of designing and implementing safety-net programmes in pastoral areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, and draws attention to recent experiments with index-based livestock insurance. It offers policy recommendations related to investing in public goods, broadening concepts of risk, creating an enabling environment for innovation in programme design and implementation, and linking social protection to more effective early responses to shocks.

Posted on 30 October 2014 in Pastoralist Livelihoods & Nutrition