Pastoralism pays: new evidence from the Horn of Africa

October 2015
IIED Briefing (Caroline King-Okumu, Oliver Vivian Wasonga & Eshetu Yimer)

As competition for land and water resources intensifies, there is a growing need to re-evaluate the comparative social and environmental advantages of extensive pastoral production systems. 9 studies of hard-to-reach pastoral areas in Ethiopia and Kenya reaffirm that the true value of pastoral systems is largely overlooked. Camel milk, goat meat, draught power and other goods and services provide subsistence products and household income; they also create employment, income opportunities and access to credit along their ‘value chains’.