Restocking Pastoralists:A review of the Literature

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1996
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Claire Heffernan
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In recent years, restocking programmes have become the focal point of efforts by NGO's and governments to rehabilitate destitute pastoralists. A pastoralist is defined in this study as a person whose cultural heritage, lifestyle and subsistence revolves around migratory livestock production. A review of the socio-economic and environmental literature on restocking is performed in an effort to evaluate the long term impact of these programmes. Alternative strategies to support the livestock economy during drought such as the nutritional supplementation oflivestock and emergency food aid are also explored. The costs of restocking and alternative strategies are compared. The benefits from these interventions are estimated using a simple deterministic livestock model
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