argylesock says… Dryland pastoralism deserves to be taken more seriously by those of us who live in houses.
The increasing frequency and severity of drought and other climate shocks in the developing world’s great drylands threaten the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of poor food producers, driving many into chronic poverty. Although livestock are among the most important assets to poor households in the drylands, and their loss often traps families in long-lasting poverty, little systematic research has focused on interventions to support development of dryland pastoral systems.
Excluding Antarctica, rangelands make up about 70% of the Earth’s surface and Africa’s arid and semi-arid lands, which are used predominately for extensive livestock grazing, comprise nearly half of the continent’s land mass. Most of the Horn of Africa gravely afflicted by drought in 2011 is made up of the drier drylands (0–300 mm of rainfall a year), where livestock production dominates livelihoods.
Despite the recurring specter of drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, pastoral herding usually works…
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