Pastoralists—The solution to sustainable dry landscape management, yet undermined and seen as the “problem”

Author: Edmund Barrow, RRI Fellow

Date: October 5, 2022

Pastoralists are well adapted to harsh environments and have deep knowledge about their natural resources. They have also suffered from drought, famine, political interference, physical insecurity, armed aggression, increasing impoverishment, and marginalization. Despite these obstacles, pastoralists have long managed their lands for various purposes including livestock mobility, which depends on large commonly owned landscapes, knowledge of ecosystem productivity, and on the ability to negotiate access to resources. Even as their traditional institutions and social cohesiveness are being eroded, they continue to play a significant role in natural resource use.