The pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa are some of the most dynamic economically on the continent, with a combined export and domestic livestock trade surpassing $1 billion per annum. Livestock marketing is driving urban and small town growth, employment and a system of trade that stretches across the region.
Yet, in spite of the significant contributions of pastoralism for livelihoods and local and national economies, levels of poverty and vulnerability remain unacceptably high amongst pastoral populations.
Ambitions for growth and transformation in the region will depend in part on the continued success and expansion of livestock trade, coupled with investments to expand infrastructure, basic services and social assistance.
The new Policy Briefs explore how to promote inclusive growth in pastoralist areas of Ethiopia and neighbouring countries. Social protection, food security, trade and growth are discussed in the briefings, which will be presented at a regional dialogue event in Addis Ababa on 10 June.