Pastoralist Knowledge Hub

Food sovereignty

Pastoralists are often victims of food security crises. Although pastoralists maximize resilience in very hostile environments, they suffer food insecurity when their coping mechanisms are disrupted. Inappropriate interventions in pastoralist areas can also drive malnutrition, as in poorly planned market access strategies.

Land tenure is a central theme of pastoralist problems across the world. The main challenges include the poor understanding of customary laws and of the advantages of communal tenure, but also investments that displace pastoralists from their grazing lands or that disrupt their resource sharing strategies with other collectives.

Pastoralist economies have often been undervalued because of lack of access to product markets, and because many services provided by pastoralists do not have conventional market values. An improvement in the way pastoralist products are valued and marketed offers great opportunities for poverty reduction. Women are usually the manufacturers of most pastoralist products (converted foods, handicrafts) and know well which products can be marketed. A larger income derived from their products could translate into increased empowerment of women in pastoralist societies.

Key dialogue process

Key fora in which pastoralists are currently engaged include: