ECHO involvement with pastoralists?
Presented By: ECHO staff
Event: 2nd ECHO East Africa Pastoralist Symposium (01.03.2016)
ECHO engaging in pastoralist initiatives
- When I joined ECHO in 2012 I had just worked in a project disseminating food security initiatives in 48 villages in northern Tanzania.
- We discovered some stark realities facing pastoralist communities; they were by far less food secure than agro-pastoralist communities and agricultural communities.
- A baseline study of 7 villages, done by Savannas Forever, a research engine connected with UMN
On most dimensions the seven villages cluster into two groups:
- predominantly agricultural with access to water, higher food security, more prosperous and more educated.
- predominately pastoralist, located in drier microclimates, poorer nutrition indicators, lower food security and suffered more severe livestock losses during droughts which have been more frequent in past decade.