Herding through uncertainties – principles and practices : exploring the interfaces of pastoralists and uncertainty : results from a literature review

This paper assesses the practices and strategies pastoral communties adopt in responding to the stresses and shocks generated by the uncertainties that surround them, with a view to understand and appreciate the underpinning inspiring principles.

Herding through uncertainties – regional perspectives : exploring the interfaces of pastoralists and uncertainty : results from a literature review

Lessons from pastoralists, we argue, may help others working in other domains to develop more effective responses to uncertain contexts. Following Prof. Scoones’ papers What is uncertainty and why does it matter?, this is one of two papers developed with a view to analyse and reflect on the interfaces and interrelationships between pastoral societies, the uncertainties that embed their livelihoods, and the related coping/adaptive principles, strategies, and practices.

What is Uncertainty and Why Does it Matter?

STEPS Working Paper 105 April 2019 Uncertainty defines our times. Whether it is in relation to climate change, disease outbreaks, financial volatility, natural disasters or political settlements, every media headline seems to assert that things are uncertain, and increasingly so. Uncertainty, where we do not know the probabilities of either likelihoods or outcomes, is different…

The Social Life of Mangroves: Resource Complexes and Contestations on the Industrial Coastline of Kutch, India

STEPS Working Paper by Shilpi Srivastava and Lyla Mehta on mangrove conservation in Kutch, Gujarat. The paper explores power relations, conservation efforts, and the changes and threats to livelihoods of local pastoralists and fishers.

Africa’s Land Rush

Africa has been at the centre of a “land grab” in recent years, with investors lured by projections of rising food prices, growing demand for “green” energy, and cheap land and water rights. But such land is often also used or claimed through custom by communities. What does this mean for Africa? In what ways…

Rift Valley fever in Kenya: policies to prepare and respond (briefing)

Download this briefing (PDF) The costs of responding to outbreaks of transmissible and infectious diseases, especially zoonotic infections that can infect both animals and people, can be far greater than the cost of implementing measures to control or prevent problems in the first place. This briefing summarises findings from a project aiming to enrich our…

Rift Valley fever in Kenya: Policies to prepare and respond

STEPS Working Paper 82 Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a zoonotic infection incompletely understood by scientists, pastoralists and policy makers. The irregular intervals at which outbreaks occur make it difficult for governments to develop and implement clear intervention strategies. This paper provides an evidence-based analysis of some of the conditions under which the risks posed…

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Pastoralism and Development in Africa

This book gives a view of ‘development at the margins’ in the pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa. Edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind and Ian Scoones, Pastoralism and Development In Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins highlights innovation and entrepreneurialism, cooperation and networking and diverse approaches which are rarely in line with standard…

Time to outbreed animal science? A cattle-breeding system exploiting structural unpredictability: the WoDaaBe herders in Niger

Cutting-edge research on agri-food systems contends that mainstream agricultural science is ill-equipped to address issues of complexity, diversity and uncertainty. The paper tackles this issue looking at animal breeding, an area of agricultural science that has so far remained marginal to the analysis concerned with dynamics and uncertainty. The focus is on systems operating with…