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.
Status, challenges and policy implications
©2014 International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, United Nations Environment Programme
Edited by Sara Costa, G. Matteo Crovetto, and Stefano Bocchi
University of Milan, December, 2013
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is the place, where Agricultural practices that are mostly simple and making use of locally available natural resources that enable smallholders to sustain their livelihood while preserving the Environment.
This handbook discovered these good practices through field visits to family farms in three SSA countries (Kenya, Tanzania & Mozambique). At the same time, this handbook confirms, Agri-systems that are highly intensive and complex perceived as “unusual” as it requires longer time for the farmers to become accustomed to it.
This book highlights innovation and entrepreneurialism, cooperation and networking and diverse approaches which are rarely in line with standard development prescriptions.
Through 20 detailed empirical chapters, the book highlights diverse pathways of development, going beyond the standard ‘aid’ and ‘disaster’ narratives.
(Published with the Norwegian People's Aid) (2007)
ALiterature Review by Harnet Bokrezion, Zeremariam Fre and Annette Jardine. The main chapters are:
1 Pastoral Production Systems
2 Land Use and Natural Resource Management
3 The context of Food Security and Market Development
4 Discussion and Research Recommendation
The Introduction, written by Professor John Morton of the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, can be down loaded here (36kb).
(Published with Leiden University) 2006
Edited by Diana Bosch, Kees Maxey & Ali Mohamed. £15 or £10 in Africa The Preface can be down loaded here (27kb)
"On the move" Understanding pastoralism in Ethiopia
(Published by PCAE, Addis Ababa, 2006).
Celebrating 10 years since the Pastoral Concern Association Ethiopia (PCAE) was founded in 1995. In this beautifully illustrated book, the PCAE has given both Somali and Boran pastoralists an opportunity to to tell readers about pastoralism in their own words - the way of life, the challenge faced by pastoralists, the opportunities seen for their future. It celebrates pastoralism as a viable way of life.
(Published with the Food & Agricultural Organization of the UN) 2003
Trading Places Alternative models of economic co-operation in the Horn of Africa
(Published with the Life & Peace Institute, Sweden) (1996)
Prepared by Alessandro Dinucci & Zeremariam Fre