Managing pastoralist conflict in Ghana

Dennis Penu

Are shrinking natural resources the only factor contributing to conflicts between pastoralists and crop farmers or do institutions (practices, laws, policies) also play a role?

PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies reviews the literature and, together with his co-researcher, propose a conceptual framework.

Conflicts between nomadic livestock farmers (pastoralists) and crop farmers are common social problems reported in every sub-region in Africa. These problems even existed before some states gained independence. They are common in communities where both groups of farmers live together, or when the moving herds arrive and feed in farming communities.

For this article, Dennis Penu carried out a review of literature on pastoralist conflicts in Africa and found that another theme emerged: the role of institutions. Using a typical case in Ghana, the research shows that many of the conflicts could be explained by shortfalls in these institutions operating in the communities.

Read the full article online: MIL-OSI Global: Mixture of rules makes it hard to manage pastoralist conflict in Ghana

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'Mixture of rules makes it hard to manage pastoralist conflict in Ghana' - African Eye Report