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New Pastoral Development Paradigm: Engaging the Realities of Property Institutions and Livestock Mobility in Dryland Africa

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Contributors: Matthew Turner (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Land Tenure Center (LTC)

Abstract - The confluence of new understandings of dryland ecology and common property resource management has arguably led to a “new pastoral development paradigm” -- a paradigm that incorporates a widespread acceptance of the ecological and economic importance of livestock mobility within the context of devolving greater rangeland management authority to local groups. Despite over a decade of interest and attention generated by this new paradigm, little progress has been achieved on the ground. A major premise of this paper is that this impasse results from persistent conceptual difficulties surrounding the relationship between livestock mobility, nonequilibrium ecology, and common property institutions. These difficulties are best resolved through work grounded in the social and ecological realities of particular regions. The promise of such engagements is illustrated through case material from the annual grasslands of Sahelian region of West Africa. The policy implications resulting from a reconceptualization of the relationship between property and dryland ecology are presented. Final version printed in Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal,Volume 24, Issue 5, 2011.

Author(s): Matthew Turner (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Publication Date: 2008

Location: Africa

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