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. Where possible, statistics relating to pastoralism have been provided, though different sources give varied figures due to challenges associated with gathering data from the remote pastoralist areas.
Statistics from the African Union show that there are 268 million pastoralists across Africa who occupy and move on 43 percent of Africa’s land mass and contribute 10 to 44 percent of the GDP in the countries where they live. Pastoralists occupy arid and semi-arid areas with varied climatic conditions that make access to important resources including water and pasture quite complicated. Nevertheless, pastoralism makes a significant contribution to the economy and supports the diversity and sustainability of the ecosystem. Despite this fact, pastoralists especially in developing countries continue to be socially, politically and economically marginalised. However, several countries and international bodies have come up with laws, policies, conventions and initiatives that guarantee protection of the rights of pastoralists including mobility of livestock and people’s involvement in making decisions that affect them.
The Handbook can be downloaded here.