2: Herding Through Uncertainties

In this lecture, Michele Nori explains some principles that emerge across different pastoral systems in responding to uncertainty, exploring these through six cases around the globe.

Uncertainty is a pervasive part of pastoral life. By looking at responses to uncertainty across pastoral regions, what principles of pastoralist practice emerge? Responding to environmental factors – variable rainfall patterns, extreme climatic events, animal disease etc. – is important. So are the consequences of the integration of pastoral economies into wider market dynamics; and the impacts of state interventions, including infrastructure development, sedentarisation, conservation programmes and so on. Problems of insecurity at local, regional and international levels affect pastoralism, as do technological developments connecting people, markets and resources.

The contexts can vary widely, but there are some common principles in how pastoralists around the world use to respond to these uncertainties in practice.

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Questions

  • How do dynamics of uncertainty differ across regional contexts?
  • How are pastoralists reconfiguring and adapting their livelihood practices and strategies?
  • What are the principles underpinning these dynamics?
  • What are the implications for development interventions and policy?

Readings

Two PASTRES Working Papers are the core readings for this lecture. Further references, including on regional cases, can be found in both.

Nori, M. 2019. Herding Through Uncertainties: Principles and  Practices. EUI Global Governance Programme Working Paper. Florence: EUI

Nori, M. 2019. Herding Through Uncertainties: Regional Perspectives. EUI Global Governance Programme Working Paper. Florence: EUI

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