As part of discussions on the future of pastoral production systems in East Africa there have been a number of recent interventions arguing that something urgently needs to be done to deal with a Malthusian style crisis in pastoral areas. In short, the argument goes, there are too many people which, combined with a declining (or not increasing) productivity of the natural resource base, means that not enough livestock can be kept to sustain a viable pastoral system. This argument has been most eloquently and effectively argued by Stephen Sandford in \"Too many people, too few livestock: the crisis affecting pastoralists in the Greater Horn of Africa\". This is a response to this piece, aimed at sparking a wider discussion.
Devereux, S.; Scoones, I. The crisis of pastoralism? Future Agricultures Consortium, Brighton, UK (2008) 6 pp. [FAC Discussion Paper 3]