Tanzania Livestock Modernization Initiative

Half of all households in Tanzania keep livestock. The Tanzania Livestock Modernization Initiative is aimed at improving the livelihoods of traditional and small-scale livestock farmers and increasing the contribution of livestock to the national economy. The 40-page report prepared by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development with the support of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) presents the plans for livestock development in the period from 2015 to 2021. It includes a section on resilient pastoral communities and another section on co-existence of livestock and nature conservation. Priority actions include rangeland improvement and reserves; creating livestock mobility corridors; setting up pastoralist-led market systems; improving access of pastoralists to education, credit, insurance and social services; giving preference to livestock-keeping as the main agricultural activity in buffer zones around national parks and wildlife reserves; and certifying Tanzania Zebu cattle as “wildlife friendly”.

Posted on 1 August 2015 in Pastoralism, Policy & Power