Expanding Best Practices in Pastoral Areas

Machakos, Kenya, March 5, 2014—In the wake of numerous clashes between farmers and herders, ECHO is hoping to reduce conflict and promote sustainable pastoralist lifestyles.

According to the Star, "Decades long pastoralist conflicts and insecurity have had a devastating impact on the people, economy, development and environment. Pastoralist areas remain the least developed parts of Kenya."  - See more at: http://the-star.co.ke/news/article-157220/pastoralists-must-resolve-conflicts#sthash.7fh28yIm.dpuf

ECHO East Africa is hosting a symposium on Best Practices in Pastoralist Areas from 4th- 6th March, 2014 in Machakos, Kenya. Stimulated by the myriad of organizations working in isolation in pastoralist areas, the symposium will provide a network and training opportunity to those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty among pastoralists in East Africa.

Three mornings of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional pastoralist development workers and experts. Topics for the event include:

  • Pastoralism - an appropriate misunderstood livelihood under siege
  • Reconciliation and curbing livestock raiding
  • Peace-making among pastoralists
  • Wholistic management experience from Kenya
  • Sustainable animal health services in pastoralist areas
  • Community natural resource management plans
  • Mobilizing against land grabbing
  • Interfacing tourism and pastoralists
  • Conservation agriculture in pastoralist areas
  • Farmer managed natural regeneration in pastoralist areas - FMNR
  • Water storage by sand dams
  • Establishing & improving livestock markets
  • A Biblical basis to working in pastoralist areas
  • Innovative restocking
  • Index-based Livestock insurance for pastoralists

Interviews available
    Erwin Kinsey, Director of ECHO's East Africa Impact Center - 30+ years of agricultural development in East Africa
    David Erickson, Chief Organizational Development Officer - Responsible for ECHO’s International programs including Impact Centers in Thailand, Tanzania and Burkina Faso

More information about ECHO’s services is available at: www.echonet.org

About: ECHO provides sustainable options to world hunger through innovative options, agricultural training, and networking with community leaders and missionaries in 180 developing countries. ECHO seeks to find agricultural solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions. ECHO’s international headquarters is located in Fort Myers, FL.

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