How can good research influence new thinking and policy, especially when the policy issues are controversial or misunderstood? The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is developing a regional food security policy framework for pastoralist areas which recognizes the vulnerability of pastoralist communities and the need for regional and cross-border policy support.
The Feinstein International Center works with COMESA to examine the research and evidence which supports mobile pastoralist livelihoods, but which is often overlooked by policy makers. This policy process has included three training courses on pastoralism in the COMESA region, based on the livelihoods analytical framework, and both old and new scientific research.
This work is part of the Center’s Pastoral Areas Coordination Analysis and Policy Support project, funded by USAID East Africa.
Download the reports:
- Part 1: Livestock, Trade and Economics (PDF)
- Part 2: Mobility Matters (PDF)
- Part 3: Drought, Livelihoods and Food Security (PDF)
For more information, see Regional Policy Support to COMESA.