Africa / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Livestock / Pastoralism

End of the road nears for pastoralists’ way of life

The government of Kenya and the donor community should act fast to preserve the way of life of nomadic people.
For long, the economic worth of nomadic people has been underplayed, though the role they play in preserving fragile ecosystems is vital.

That’s the conclusion of a new book published by the Institute for Environment and Development.

It adds that contrary to popular belief many nomadic people have adapted rapidly to the modern world, finding out the latest market prices for cattle on their mobile phone and being able to organise the sale of their livestock to international markets, for instance.

The book Modern and mobile: The future of livestock production in Africa’s drylands, says the nomadic cattle of Kenya, Ethiopia and West Africa produce more and better quality meat and generate more cash per hectare than modern Australian and US ranches where animals remain in one place.

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