Valuing pastoralism in Tanzania

Tanzania has a long track record of inadequate understanding of and support to pastoralists and their mobile range-management and livelihood systems. With the support of Cordaid, the Pastoralist Women Council (PWC), Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF), Community Research and Development Services (CORDS) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) reviewed past studies on pastoralism in Tanzania and made a survey in the Usangu Basin. They found that the official statistics on the value of pastoralism to the Tanzanian economy give an incomplete picture because only products that enter the market are reported. The Tanzanian Government has underestimated the value of pastoralism and given it little attention in the development agenda. To enable policymakers to make informed decisions for developing livestock production, the significance of pastoralism in terms of its wider contribution to household livelihoods and the economy as a whole should be fully reported in official statistics. This requires accounting also for the indirect use values of pastoralism such as subsistence production, inputs to agriculture, supplementary products, tourism services and supply chain linkages. Locally based participatory approaches should be used in the economic evaluation of pastoralism and the results should be incorporated into the national statistics. This process would enable the policymakers and pastoralists to interact and design appropriate resource-management strategies. Read the report Assessing the total economic value of pastoralism in Tanzania.

Posted on 9 July 2012 in Value of Pastoralism