Media perceptions and portrayals of pastoralists in Kenya, India and China

Resilient food systems depend on appropriate policies that enable people to take advantage of their own adaptive capacity. Pastoralists use their mobility to take advantage of resources – pasture and water – that are patchily distributed in space and time. Pastoralism can make major contributions to food security, livelihoods and economic prosperity. However, these benefits often go unacknowledged – by policy makers, donors and the public at large.

This is in part because of development and media narratives that paint pastoralism as something bad that needs to change. This Gatekeeper paper explores how the media portrays pastoralism. To do so, we analysed the content of newspaper articles about pastoralists in Kenya, China and India, and also invited journalists in these countries to complete an online survey and telephone interview. We identified significant gaps – and inter-country differences – in the media’s portrayal of pastoralists.
 
IIED code:
14623IIED 
Published:
Apr 2013 - IIED 
Areas:
China, Kenya, India 
Series:
Gatekeeper 154 
Keywords:
Pastoralism, Climate change 
Details:
Book/Report 
Language:
English  
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