One-day event on Pastoralism and Livestock Research - Alliance française in Kaduna - September 18, 2018
For many academics and practitioners, knowledge of pastoralist sociology and of the dynamics and root causes of farmer-herder conflicts tends to be limited. At the same time, the politicisation of these conflicts makes the need for informed inquiry and evidence-based policies on the livestock sector and pastoralism more urgent than ever.
With this in mind, the French Embassy to Nigeria convened a one-day event on Pastoralism and Livestock research on September 18th at the Alliance française in Kaduna. Over 30 participants from state authorities, research institutes, local and international NGOs, diplomatic missions and the World Bank were in attendance.
Adam Higazi, PhD (University of Oxford), currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Amsterdam and at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, kicked off the day with a lecture on Ethnographic Studies on pastoralism drawing on current fieldwork on pastoralist groups in central and northern Nigeria. A rich discussion between the various stakeholders in the industry ensued. In the afternoon, an interactive seminar facilitated by Dr. Higazi and Dr. Saleh Momale (Kaduna State Peace Commission) gave participants an opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas about knowledge gaps, policies and current trends relating to pastoralism and the livestock sector.