Better grazing practices hold key to Kenyan droughts
SciDev.Net, 5 August 2011

NAIROBI, KENYA: In this piece, David Western argues that the current drought in northern Kenyahas roots in the current practices of pastoralists that need to be addressed. He argues that while traditional grazing practices demonstrate the adaptability of pastoralism and give pointers to how the problems in the rangelands can be addressed, the capacity of pastoral economies has been overwhelmed by a ten-fold rise in pastoral population over the last century, concluding that the environmental problems faced by the pastoral lands are systemic. He suggests that development needs to be built on land and resource rights for marginalized pastoralists; and institutions and governance based on common interests. Read the opinion piece …