Putting Pastoralists on the Policy Agenda: Land Alienation in Southern Ethiopia

July 2010
Eyasu Elias and Feyera Abdi (IIED Gatekeeper series 145)

Includes land alienation in the case study sites; impacts of land alienation; coping strategies; conclusions and policy recommendations. Found that livestock numbers are declining dramatically in the area, land degradation is increasing, people are becoming more vulnerable to drought and famine, and resource-based conflicts are increasing in severity. The traditional pastoralist way of life is increasingly making way for sedentary farming and enclosed private grazing land.