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We work with local and international partners on the following thematic areas:

The UK Youth Programme We are now looking to further enhance UK youth engagement by building youth capacity through support and mentoring activities to tackle diverse challenges faced by youth; awareness gap on development issues; unemployment and migration, cohesion and integration to the UK society.

Women Empowerment & Gender Equality We work with partners to empower women and help to change attitudes to women’s participation in the economy and in public life.

Food Security & Climate Change We improve the livelihoods of pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities by providing them with technical skills in making use of locally available plants, such as prosopis as an animal feed.

Prosopis Management & Utilisation We promote appropriate win-win approaches to control prosopis including through the development of innovative rural enterprises. PENHA has organized major regional conferences on prosopis, and undertaken projects for IFAD and FAO. We are currently looking for partners to help scale out recent success.

Pastoral Environmental & Resource Management We provide training programmes and workshops and do research on the use of resources in pastoral areas

Nomadic services We deliver projects to support basic education and health for women and Pastoralist children. 

Conflict analysis & prevention in collaboration with local and international partners we deliver training, do research and run workshops to address resource-based conflict in the region.

We collaborate closely with Pastoralist and agro-pastoralist groups in the Horn and work together towards addressing the social and economic marginalization of pastoralists.

We focus on capacity building for pastoralist communities and advocate for pastoralist livelihoods as a sustainable and productive way of life.

Our main tool for influencing policy towards pastoralism and the design of development programmes is action-oriented research. We value indigenous knowledge and practices and African perspectives on African contemporary Issues.

We implement projects at the ground via creating and strengthening genuine partnerships and promote a gender-sensitive participatory approach

Consultancy Work – for governments, international organizations, regional organizations and universities and research centres. 

PENHA believes in strong and genuine partnership and networking and engagement with regional and global organisations where it showed its support. For instance, PENHA is one of the signatories of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) treaty. 

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PENHA launches its new strategy 2020-25 under the title of 'Building Sustainable Futures' to promote sustainable development among pastoral and agro-pastoral communities thro

COVID-19 represents an unprecedented emergency and grave societal threat. Protecting public health is the first priority. However, governments, policy makers and the international community must also recognize and attempt to mitigate the negative impacts (current and potential) of the pandemic and related response efforts on key sectors that contribute to food security, nutrition and livelihoods. The livestock sector is a key contributor to these areas, especially for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

1. Overiew

The Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) is an African led Regional organization committed to the development of pastoral peoples through partnership with the pastoral communities in the Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia Uganda and Somaliland. PENHA has its international office in London UK where it is registered as a Charity and non profit making company.

About the book

Beni-Amer cattle owners in the western part of the Horn of Africa are not only masters in cattle breeding, they are also knowledge sovereign, in terms of owning productive genes of cattle and the cognitive knowledge base crucial to sustainable development. The strong bonds between the Beni-Amer, their animals, and their environment constitute the basis of their ways of knowing, and much of their knowledge system is built on experience and embedded in their cultural practices.

In this book, the first to study Beni-Amer practices, Zeremariam Fre argues for the importance of their knowledge, challenging the preconceptions that regard it as untrustworthy when compared to scientific knowledge from more developed regions. Empirical evidence suggests that there is much one could learn from the other, since elements of pastoralist technology, such as those related to animal production and husbandry, make a direct contribution to our knowledge of livestock production. It is this potential for hybridization, as well as the resilience of the herders, at the core of the indigenous knowledge system.

Fre also argues that indigenous knowledge can be viewed as a stand-alone science, and that a community’s rights over ownership should be defended by government officials, development planners and policy makers, making the case for a celebration of the knowledge sovereignty of pastoralist communities.

About the author

Zeremariam Fre is the founding director and former head of regional NGO, the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA). He currently works at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL as a teaching fellow and course tutor. His research and teaching are inspired by his work experience in development planning, dry land agriculture, land use policy, food security, peri-urban agriculture, indigenous knowledge systems, the role of women in food production, NGOs and social movements.

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