Herder with a flock of sheep in a dryland landscape, with sun setting behind mountains in the background

PASTRES: Pastoralism, Uncertainty & Resilience

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a research project which aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, applying such ‘lessons from the margins’ to global challenges. We aim to foster a conversation with other policy domains where uncertainty is pervasive, including financial and commodity systems, critical…

Market-based mangrove afforestation and reforestation in Kenya and India

Dates: April 2016-April 2017 Mangroves are valued by different people in diverse ways – as places to fish, sources of fodder, protection against storms or tides, sites of tourism, or as part of ecosystems and the carbon cycle. Many mangroves are threatened by changes in the environment and the demands made on them by people…

Panorama with man and cattle, Arusha, Tanzania. Image: Felix Lankester

Livestock, Livelihoods and Health

Dates: 2014 – 2018 Livestock, Livelihoods and Health is an interdisciplinary research programme exploring diseases that can be transmitted from wild or domesticated animals to people (zoonoses). These diseases, as well as affecting the health of people and animals, can damage development prospects and add to the poverty burden of developing countries. The programme is…

Man in turban stands by horned cattle.

Rift Valley Fever: policies to prepare and respond

This project compared the responses to two diseases – Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in East Africa, and BSE in the UK and European Union. These so-called transboundary animal diseases are highly contagious and spread rapidly across regions and borders. This research explored the possible responses to these diseases which are available to various groups –…