How are the pathways to resilience in pastoralist areas of Eastern Africa evolving?

Another ongoing and severe drought in East Africa has reopened debates on the viability of pastoralism, alternative livelihoods, and ways to support resilience. The Feinstein International Center has been studying these issues for more than 20 years and has documented changes over time in this report.

Join researchers from Feinstein, Emory University, and the Institute for Development Studies for a webinar presentation on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 9am (EST). The panelists will offer preview of this report and a conversation about what makes pastoralists resilient in Eastern Africa. The panelists will discuss:

  • How commercialization has driven a gradual redistribution of livestock from poorer to wealthier households
  • How access to markets and productive rangeland determine different pathways to resilience
  • How population and urban growth affect pastoralist livelihoods
  • Challenges to supporting diversified and alternative livelihoods for increasing numbers of people within and outside of pastoralist areas


  • Andy Catley, Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Peter Little, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Director of the Program in Development Studies at Emory University
  • Ian Scoones, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies
  • Greg Gottlieb (Chair), Director of the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

To register for the webinar click here.

This is part of Feinstein’s Synthesizing Research on Resilience in Drylands and Fragile Contexts project.

This webinar is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Center for Resilience. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.