This Pan-African convening brings together representatives of pastoralist communities, private sector players (both in the livestock sector and beyond), prospective investors, social entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy makers to pave the way for increasing investments in the pastoral sector.
Findings from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation–funded Market Access for Pastoralists (MAP) project on best-bet investments to improve marketing of pastoralist livestock and products will be presented and feedback on their validity from participants will be solicited. Novel investment plans by the foundation will be announced.
Anticipated outcomes of the convening include the identification of opportunities to:
Pastoralists contribute significantly to the economies of many African nations (e.g., 2-7% of national GDP, ~55% of livestock value across Africa) and their practices impact the environment in positive and negative ways. Despite their economic and social contributions, they are marginalized and are among those most impacted by climate change. Rising demand for meat and animal products can help drive productivity gains and grow pastoral livestock supply in a climate-friendly way, while improving pastoralist livelihoods. Yet, despite significant investments to support pastoralists, there has been limited meaningful progress and impact, particularly on a livestock sector-wide basis. The following are four key barriers that have limited the success of prior interventions for pastoralists:
We will shift frequently between plenary and breakout sessions. Plenary sessions will include presentations or panel discussions on what is known, e.g., from research conducted in the Market Analysis for Pastoralist (MAP) project and from experts on the topic. Key findings presented in such keynote seminars or panel discussions will be further groundtruthed and discussed in breakout small groups. The aim is to give voice to all participants, to delve into deep conversations and harvest actionable recommendations from diverse stakeholders. We will foster conversations between representatives of different groups rather than siloed conversations within each group.
The following indicative topics will be addressed through sessions that include pastoralist panels, investment roundtables, private sector case studies, and policy debates.
Download an Agenda for IIO Convening. For more information, contact us at IIO-Pastoral@ifas.ufl.edu.
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This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.