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Pastoralism: past perspectives and future policy

An all-day conference on new challenges faced by pastoralists in the Horn of Africa, from the impacts of climate change to managing relationships with the private sector.

Session 1 Putting pastoralism on the political map.

This panel session will look at how pastoralism has become a mainstream issue and examine present opportunities and challenges in the political arena.

Session 2 Evolution of the pastoral economy.

PENHA 's Newsletter - Issue Number 13 August 2015

Newsletter Number 13
Contents
Managing the challenges of Prosopis
Social Protection in Ethiopia 
Women’s Groups in Sudan 
Co-operatives in Somaliland 
PENHA Uganda: Pastoralism Locally and globally 
PENHA in the Horn of Africa 
Celebrating PENHA’s 25th. Anniversary 
Food We Want

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Pastoralism past, present and prospects for the future

Anniversary conference themes:

To mark PENHA’s 25th anniversary, we are collecting written reflections on the evolution of pastoralism over the past quarter-century. Submissions should draw on the 1989 workshop report on establishing PENHA (see attached) and the themes of the anniversary conference taking place at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, UK on Friday October 2nd 2015:

PENHA Silver Anniversary Celebrated With10km Thames Walk

PENHA’s Silver Anniversary was commemorated with our annual 10 km fundraising walk along the beautiful banks of the Thames River in London on Saturday 27th June 2015. The fundraising event with 16 people including PENHA staff, supporters and friends participating was a great moment as it brought people from both age groups who knew and supported PENHA since inception and also recently associated.

Dr. Zaid represented the research consortium in Nairobi, Kenya

Representing the PENHA-UCL-Adigrat University Consortium for the Social Protection for Inclusive Development in Afar (SPIDA) Dr. Zaid Negash has attended the INCLUDE and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) organized working conference on 'Building Policy-Knowledge Communities for Inclusive Development in Africa' in Nairobi, Kenya on 11th and 12th May 2015. A brief news item was produced by the INCLUDE/AERC follows.

PENHA to conduct research on Social Protection of Ethiopia

PENHA in partnership with the University College London (UCL) and Adigrat University of Ethiopia has secured a grant of €301,436 from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to assess the social protection policy of the Government in the Afar Region.

Studentship: An Innovation in Pastoralism, Riverine Agro-pastoralism and Peri-urban Farming Systems in South-Central Somalia

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) of the Coventry University is offering a studentship in its 'Agroecology as an Innovation in Pastoralism, Riverine Agro-pastoralism and Peri-urban Farming Systems in South-Central Somalia' research project. See below the research project call background.

Pastoralist Knowledge Hub is launched by the FAO

The Hub

is the first comprehensive initiative bringing pastoralists and international actors together to integrate pastoralist concerns into international policy dialogue.
Who and why?
Several 100 million pastoralists produce food and provide essential ecosystem services, but are often misunderstood, marginalized and excluded from dialogue.
What?
The Hub is an initiative coordinated by FAO enabling pastoralists to voice their concerns to the international community.
Objective

John Plastow visits Somaliland

John Plastow of CARE International, PENHA Chair of Board of Trustees, visited the PENHA-Somaliland office in Hargeisa. John met staff, talked about programmes and exchanged ideas. Over several intensive days during mid March 2015, John also conducted meetings and field visits with CARE’s Somaliland staff. Their work includes support for girls’ education and strengthening livelihoods.

Launch of a Media Handbook for Uganda

This handbook has been produced for journalists and other media practitioners as a quick reference guide on pastoralism. It provides summarised yet critical information intended to enable quicker understanding of the subject, especially for those involved in disseminating information through the mass media. Its purpose is to provide information that the media may use to influence perceptions, policies and practices on pastoralism among policy makers and the general public. The handbook has been compiled through a review of literature on pastoralism at national, regional and global levels.

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