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Title:Avoiding Disaster: Diversification and Risk Management Among East African Herders
Authors:Little, Peter D.
Smith, Kevin
Cellarius, Barbara
Coppock, D. Layne
Barrett, Christopher
Year:2001
Periodical:Development and Change
Volume:32
Issue:3
Period:June
Pages:401-433
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Kenya
Subjects:pastoralists
household income
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-7660.00211
Abstract:Livestock herders of East Africa increasingly pursue non-pastoral income strategies to meet consumption needs and to buttress against risky shocks caused by climatic fluctuation, animal disease, market failure, and insecurity. This article explores processes of livelihood diversification among pastoralists in the rangelands of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. It first describes a framework for addressing income diversification among pastoralists with reference to current literature and databases. It then presents a case study on pastoral income diversification based on preliminary field research conducted in Kenya and Ethiopia from March 1998 to March 1999. The article finally summarizes current understandings of pastoral diversification while pointing to additional research needs. The appendix contains a table that presents available data according to a group of variables (such as gender, wealth, rainfall) assumed to be important in explaining diversification among herders of different ethnic groups. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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