Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa face grave threats to the lands and freedom of movement upon which they depend for their livelihoods. As a result their survival and resilience is being eroded, and their lives further blighted by conflict.
A new Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and CARE International report, 'Rules of the Range', finds that for pastoralism to remain a viable livelihood option - and one which can continue to contribute millions of dollars to national economies - institutional arrangements governing natural resources and land management must be better supported by government agencies, international donors, regional bodies and I/NGOS.
'Rules of the Range' - which refers to the vast tracts of rangeland in the border areas of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia - is informed in part by the contributions of many pastoralist communities. CARE International's Hassan Oda Hulufu - himself a Kenyan pastoralist - says, 'Pastoral communities have been managing scarce resources for many generations. Sadly a combination of problems from climate change to poor governance structures is forcing them to abandon their traditional practices and ways of earning a living as they seek alternative work in urban areas.'
Key recommendations include:
- Full recognition of the links between conflict and natural resources management must be made and, in turn, properly regulated.
- A broad vision and strategy for supporting pastoralism at a regional level is required - one which can overcome the view of pastoralism as a problem to be solved by settlement.
- The governments of Kenya and Ethiopia need to establish policies which will recognise - and permit - the cross-border nature of pastoralism.
- Secure land rights for pastoralists to prevent the expropriation of rangeland and put their land rights on the same footing as those of farmers.
'Rules of the Range' was undertaken as part of an ongoing partnership between the Humanitarian Policy Group at the ODI and CARE. To read the report, Click Here
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