Tegemeo hosts the ELLA Offline workshop

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 Participants of the ELLA Workshop

Tegemeo Institute hosted a workshop under the Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA) on 23rd March 2016 in Nairobi as part of the ongoing research findings sharing phase. The half day workshop on Collective Land Access Regimes in Pastoralist Societies drew together participants from various sectors as well as pastoralists from selected regions.

During the event, it was noted that a large majority of land under collective land access in East Africa is found in areas that are characterised by arid and semi-arid climatic conditions such as high temperatures and low rainfall. The land occupies huge territories and is mainly inhabited by pastoral communities who practise livestock keeping under extensive production systems, which is best suited for these environs. As such, the collective land tenure systems play a key role in the socio-economic and political status of pastoral communities.

The study conducted by the Institute examines the evolution of collective land regimes in East Africa and how it affects the communities that live on these lands. More specifically, the study looks at drivers and reasons behind the changes in collective land access and how the communities that rely on these tenure systems have been or are likely to be affected.

The study among others, recommends inclusion of customary laws in the legal framework, strengthening of  community mechanisms to enforce land rights and ensuring fairness in use of land and resources as part of efforts to improve sustainability of pastoralists’ production systems.



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