Pastoralists, or mobile livestock keepers, are widely perceived as a minority group who live outside the mainstream of development, pursuing an outmoded lifestyle that is in crisis and doomed not to last. Yet while many other land use systems are increasingly threatened by global climate change, pastoralism is succeeding in generating huge national and regional economic benefits. This book looks at the massive contribution made to the economic prosperity of Africa's drylands by the continent's mobile herders, who manage complex systems of profitable cross-border trade and draw huge benefits from rangelands ill-suited to other land use systems. Throughout East and West Africa, an estimated 50 million livestock producers support their families, their communities, and a massive meat, skins and hides industry based on animals that are fed solely on natural dryland pastures. It is pastoralists' mobility that makes all this possible and which holds the key to their continued survival. Presenting some of the new policies and innovative practices for pastoralist mobility that are starting to emerge in many parts of dryland Africa, the book makes a case for greater support for pastoralists, and for the time-honoured system they have evolved over generations, which is less outdated than it may seem.

Modern and mobile. The future of livestock production in Africa's drylands
Edited by H de Jode
IIED/SOS Sahel UK, 2009. 88 pp.
ISBN 1 978 1 84369 752 7
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