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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.


CHAPTER 1.0 Introduction
CHAPTER 2.0 Understanding Pastoralism
2.1. Definition of pastoralism pg 6
2.2 Who is a Pastoralist pg 6
2.3. Forms of Pastoralism pg 6
2.4. Pillars of pastoralism p 8
2.5 Why pastoralists move from place to place pg 9
CHAPTER 3.0  Pastoralism in Uganda
3.1. Uganda: Map Showing The Cattle Corridor pg 11
3.2 Benefiits of Pastoralism pg 11
3.4 Laws and Policies pg 13
3.5 Regional and Global Instruments pg 16
CHAPTER 4.0 Challenges, Recommendations, and the Role of the Media
4.1. Challenges faced by Pastoralist communities pg 20
4.2. Facts and Myths about Pastoralism pg 21
4.3. Recommendations for sustainable pastoralism pg 23
4.4. Role of the Media pg 23
4.5. What the media can do to protray the true image of Pastoralism pg 24
4.6 About The Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations work with the media pg 25
4.7 COPACSO members in 2014 pg 26
References pg 27