Ankole Longhorn cattle can survive in extremely harsh, dry conditions such as those in sub-Saharan Africa – which is becoming drier and hotter. In a context where herders are strongly encouraged to keep exotic and hybrid cattle, the innovative LIFE approach led Ugandan herders to revalue the Longhorns for their economic and cultural value.
The term ‘Food Security’ is a well-recognised concept that has been utilised by many of the mainstream multilateral developmental organisations and the international media. Coined during the 1970s, the concept of Food Security has continued to gather attention in light of the food price crises and reoccurring droughts and famines, and it is generally used to describe the global effort to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition.
Cotton, sugar, palm oil… you name it. Most governments in the developing world believe such plantation cash crops must be a better use of land, and must deliver greater economic returns, than cattle pastures. That’s what most of the current land grabs in Africa are about.
A recent report jointly published by the Heinrich Boll Foundation and Friends of the Earth Europe aims to shed light on some of the facts of the production of meat and dairy products to provide facts to consumers so that they make informed decisions about the food that they eat.
The article focuses on Ethiopia’s climate change challenges and the underlining adaptation measures. It targets both the general public as well as practitioners who are engaged in environmental rehabilitations and poverty alleviation interventions
Media Workshop Brief Report: By Tesfaldet Okubayes & Bereket Tsegay
PENHA in partnership with Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) of Oxford Brookes University held media workshop on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) context on 4th December 2013.
It was great event as it helped the PENHA staff and its supporter to look back to review its activities and also look forward to improve the livelihhods of African pastoral communities.
Social investments promote societal justice and contribute to poverty reduction. This was
drawn upon Africa’s experience during the 1960s and 1970s. Though social protection is a
fundamental human right, pastoralists have been neglected in securing this right. They
usually do not get the necessary facilities that help their survival in the drought affected areas
of the Horn.
By Bereket Tsegay
Women in the Kassala State of Sudan are striving to improve their livelihoods through developing the handicraft sector. The field trip report follows:
The celebrations for International Women’s day this month were an important reminder of the gendered dimensions of rural livelihoods, and Pastoralism has been used as an effective entry point to address gender equality and empowerment.