Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins

Pastoralism is often seen as a traditional way of life rather than a thriving sector but livestock trade in the Horn of Africa is estimated to be worth $1 billion, an economic growth that has brought broader benefits for agriculture in the area.

A new book edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind and Ian Scoones looks at how by focusing on city hubs, policy makers may be missing out on opportunities for investment in rural areas that could have multiplier effects for the rural economy as a whole, in turn boosting the country’s economic growth.

The book, in a collection of case studies, presents the diversity, adaptability and creativity of pastoralists as well as the challenges they face in the hopes that policymakers will see the importance of pro-pastoralism policies not only as a route to supporting livelihoods but as an opportunity for economic growth.