African Pastoralism

African Pastoralism : Conflict, Institutions and Government

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Although many countries in Africa are devastated by poverty and famine, and are desperately in need of aid, it is generally recognised that programmes of aid and development in Africa are imposed upon local communities with little regard for their traditional values and way of life.This book provides a fresh look at these intricate issues, and explores the way in which farming and traditional pastoral livelihoods have strengthened rather than weakened in the face of government reforms. It reveals how traditional institutions and resource management strategies within local African communities continue to endure, in spite of the enormous pressure that development programs assert, as pastoralists resolve to confront coercive state policies designed to privilege the interests of the wealthy and powerful elite. The book introduces thirteen case studies from Botswana, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda and various other parts of the African more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745317871
  • 9780745317878

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"This volume, primarily by African scholars, represents an overview of pastoral societies in Eastern Africa and in Botswana. The papers (12 plus an introduction), from a conference organized by the Organization of Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, are uniformly succinct and well written. The book provides a threaded theme based on sustainability of development among pastoral groups increasingly threatened by environmental changes and civil strife. Most of the chapters are country or ethnographic case studies that illustrate this theme. Not only do pastoral and agripastoral societies have intrinsic value, but this volume illustrates their value to and their continued potential for the economies and culture of their respective countries. These are thoughtful works of scholarship, which, as a whole, cannot help but provide an important insight into the evolution of the life of pastoral peoples. Libraries, scholars, and individuals interested in the history, anthropology, or the political and economic development of Africa, Eastern and Southern particularly, should take a serious look at this book. Lower-division undergraduates and above." -- R. M. Fulton, Northwest Missouri State University in CHOICEshow more

About M. a. Mohamed Salih

M. A. Mohamed Salih is Professor of Politics of Development at both the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and the Department of Political Science, University of Leiden, The Netherlands His most recent books include African Pastoralism: Conflict, Institutions and Government (Pluto Press, 2001), Environmental Planning, Policies and Politics in Eastern and Southern Africa (1999), Environmental Politics and Liberation in Contemporary Africa (1999) and Local Environmental Change and Society in Africa (2000). Prof. Ton Dietz has been Director of the African Studies Centre Leiden since May 2010. and is also Professor of the Study of African Development at Leiden University. Abdel Ghaffar Mohamed Ahmed is Professor of Development Studies, Ahfad University and University of Khartoumshow more

Table of contents

Introduction by M. A. Mohamed Salih 1. Towards Security, Stability and Sustainability Oriented Strategies of Development in Eastern Africa by J.B. Opschoor 2. Sustainable Development and Resource Conflicts in Botswana by M.B.K. Darkoh and J.E. Mbaiwa 3. Participation and Governance in the Development of Borana, Southern Ethiopia by Johan Helland 4. Conflict Management, Resolution and Institutions Among the Karrayu and their Neighbours by Ayelew Gebre 6. Ranchers and Pastoralists: Restructuring of Government Ranching, Uganda by Frank Emmanuel Muhereza 8. Resource Competition and Conflict: Herder-Farmer or Pastoralism-Agriculture? by Mustafa Babiker 9. Resource Conflicts among the Afar of Northeast Ethiopia by Getachew Kassa 10. Livelihood and Resource Competition, Sudan by Abdel Ghaffar Mohamed Ahmed 11. Pastoral Commercialisation: On Caloric Terms of Trade and Related Issues by Ton Dietz, Abdirizak A. Nunow, Adano W. Roba and Fred Zaal 12. Immediate Problems: A View From A Distance by P.T.W. Baxter 13. Changing Gender Roles and Pastoral Adaptation In Omdurman, Sudan by Samia El Hadi El Nagar 14. Research-Led Policy Deliberation in Eritrea and Somalia: Searching to Overcome Institutional Gaps by Martin Doornbos Notes on Contributors Indexshow more

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