Women pastoralists facing modern challenges
The booklet Women pastoralists – preserving traditional knowledge, facing modern challenges is devoted women pastoralists, their knowledge of and contributions to sustainable land management, and the coping mechanisms they have developed in their struggle to survive. It is a call to action to support them by increasing their access to productive assets and their participation in policymaking. Several cases from pastoralist areas across the globe highlight the invaluable human resources that exist in dryland areas and the power they have to protect not only the environment but also the communities that depend on it for their survival. Although not specifically focused on East Africa, seven out of the 15 case studies come from eastern Africa in a wide sense, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and (North) Sudan. The booklet was published in 2007 by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).