Pastoral Sedentarisation, Natural Resource Management, and Livelihood Diversification in Marsabit District, Northern Kenya

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This study shows how mainstream academic thinking on pastoralism still largely ignores the developments within pastoral societies themselves, and why contrasting the mobility paradigm and sedentarisation polices is unfruitful. It argues for a redefinition of ‘pastoralism’ as a production system and as a social identity marker. This book contains fourteen color photographs.

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“. . . Adano and Witsenburg offer the most comprehensive account yet of the remarkable survivability of pastoralism despite the myriad of odds it has to confront.” Settle: Assessing Process, Motives – Prof. Mohamed Salih, University of Leiden

“. . . combines economic, anthropological and ecological analyses in ways that are both original and highly impressive.” – Prof. Charles Perrings, Arizona State University

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Boxes
Foreword by Professor Mohamed Salih
1. Dynamics in pastoral livelihoods: sedentarisation, agro-pastoralism and changes in natural resource management in Northern Kenya
2. Theoretical orientation: the components of pastoral livelihoods
3. Methodology used
4. Introduction to the study area
5. Settling on the slopes of Marsabit Mountain
6. Acquisition of land on Marsabit Mountain
7. Household animal holdings in Marsabit
8. Water access, use and management
9. The Marsabit Montane forest and its resources: the importance of reconciling conservation and livelihood values of the forest ecosystem

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