This post was originally published at PAEPARD and has been republished with permission.
Another ongoing and severe drought in East Africa has reopened debates on the viability of pastoralism, alternative livelihoods, and ways to support resilience. The Feinstein International Center has been studying these issues for more than 20 years and has documented changes over time in this report. This was part of Feinstein’s Synthesizing Research on Resilience in Drylands and Fragile Contexts project.
The panelists offered preview of this report and a conversation about what makes pastoralists resilient in Eastern Africa. The panelists discussed:
- How commercialization has driven a gradual redistribution of livestock from poorer to wealthier households
- How access to markets and productive rangeland determine different pathways to resilience
- How population and urban growth affect pastoralist livelihoods
- Challenges to supporting diversified and alternative livelihoods for increasing numbers of people within and outside of pastoralist areas
- Andy Catley, Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
- Peter Little, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Director of the Program in Development Studies at Emory University
- Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies
- Greg Gottlieb (Chair), Director of the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University