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Investing in Pastoralism: Sustainable Natural Resource Use in Arid Africa and the Middle East


  • Pratt, D.J.
  • Le Gall, F.
  • De Haan, C.


The World Bank has been supporting range livestock development since the 1960s, gaining experience that currently contributes to best practices in natural resource management (NRM) in pastoral areas. This report focuses on NRM in the arid rangelands used by pastoralists in Africa and the Middle East, offering guidelines for development. An introductory chapter on the nature of NRM is followed by advice on preparing for project intervention and by guidelines for specific project components. A concluding chapter considers the broader implications for international agencies, particularly the World Bank. Eight annexes provide additional background information and advice, as well as a user guide for practitioners.

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  • Pratt, D.J. & Le Gall, F. & De Haan, C., 1997. "Investing in Pastoralism: Sustainable Natural Resource Use in Arid Africa and the Middle East," Papers 365, World Bank - Technical Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wobate:365

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    1. Iglesias, Eva & Báez, Karen & Diaz-Ambrona, Carlos H., 2016. "Assessing drought risk in Mediterranean Dehesa grazing lands," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 149(C), pages 65-74.
    2. Cees De Haan & Etienne Dubern & Bernard Garancher & Catalina Quintero, 2016. "Pastoralism Development in the Sahel," World Bank Other Operational Studies 24228, The World Bank.
    3. Haro, Guyo O. & Doyo, Godana J. & McPeak, John G., 2005. "Linkages Between Community, Environmental, and Conflict Management: Experiences from Northern Kenya," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 285-299, February.
    4. Moritz, Mark, 2008. "Competing Paradigms in Pastoral Development? A Perspective from the Far North of Cameroon," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(11), pages 2243-2254, November.

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    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products


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