Cattle migration and trade across borders has long been a link that connects African communities and economies across religions and ethnic groups, but livestock production systems are being threatened by erratic rainfall, land tenure reform, and insecurity. From Mali to South Sudan, conflicts between farmers and migrating cattle herders have fueled violent atrocities, increased food insecurity, and endangered the livelihoods of the hundreds of millions who depend on livestock production.
This month, Search for Common Ground launched an online toolkit to help donors, diplomatic staff, and practitioners design more effective responses to these challenges. Drawing on a meta-analysis of research and programs from across Sub-Saharan Africa, this toolkit offers practical guidance for programs and policies on everything ranging from land tenure to security sector reform.
In our discussion with Andrew McDonnell, participants will get a closer look at the toolkit and explore how this kind of tool can improve alignment between peacebuilding, development, and stabilization work.