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Arid waste? Reassessing the value of dryland pastoralism

Ced Hesse, James MacGregor

Briefing, 4 pages

East Africa harbours a huge hidden asset: its millions-strong herds of dryland livestock managed by pastoralists. Governments in the region see pastoralism as archaic and economically inefficient. This briefing reveals a very different picture. Capturing pastoralism's total economic value shows its immense potential to reduce poverty, manage the environment, promote sustainable development and build climate resilience.

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Calculating total economic benefits from scarce, variable and unpredictable resources under high temperatures.

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