Climate change will have serious impacts on pastoral areas, including
increased severity of drought. Yet discussion of the impacts has often
been simplistic and polarised between those who predict catastrophe and
those who point to pastoralists' ability to adapt, if the policy
context allows. At the same time, there is controversy over the
contribution of pastoralism to greenhouse gas emissions.
Boosting livestock production may be the only alternative to crop
production for millions of poor farmers across Africa as climate change
leaves land unsuitable for cultivation, yet remain viable for raising
animals which are more tolerant to heat and drought. In addition to
providing a buffer against the risks of climate change, livestock would
enable farmers to take advantage of the increasing demand for meat and
dairy products in Africa.
This briefing was based on a series of 8 Pastoralism Information
Notes produced under the overall supervision of
John Morton of the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich.
Each briefing presents the context, policy implications, ways forward
and evidence of change.
WRENmedia, Eye, UK, 2 pp.