Understanding livelihoods to reduce pastoralist vulnerability

The 4-page synthesis of a study on pastoralist vulnerability in the Horn of Africa, Getting it right: understanding livelihoods to reduce the vulnerability of pastoral communities (2009), was brought out by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and REGLAP. It calls for a better understanding of the diversity of pastoral livelihoods when designing emergency preparedness, planning and response mechanisms. The increasing vulnerability that pastoralists face comes from providing short-term food aid rather than implementing longer-term measures to address underlying causes of food insecurity, failing to put protection of pastoralist livelihoods at the centre of humanitarian aid, weakening coping strategies such as herd mobility and giving insufficient attention to enabling poor households to pursue economic alternatives to pastoralism.

Posted on 13 August 2015 in Pastoralist Livelihoods & Nutrition