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Linking vision with reality in the implementation of policy framework for pastoralism in Nigeria

Aminu Ibrahim

Author Affiliations

Department of Town and Country planning, Ministry of Lands and surveys, Nagogo Road, Katsina, Katsina State, P.M.B 2065, Nigeria

Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 2012, 2:7  doi:10.1186/2041-7136-2-7

Published: 26 July 2012

Abstract

The African Union has approved a pastoral policy initiative aimed at securing, protecting and improving the lives, livelihoods and rights of pastoral communities, adopted by the Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture. The African Union urges all African member states to review their policies impacting pastoralism, to develop a comprehensive policy which takes into account the peculiar needs of pastoralism; and to build human, financial and technical capacities to support pastoral policy development. This paper examines some of the challenges which implementation of the policy in Nigeria will face. Typical of most developing countries, most of the factors that are favourable for successful policy implementations are lacking. Therefore, the prevailing complications and distortions with policy making and implementation must be considered. The paper suggests measures to implement the policy.

Keywords:
Policy framework for pastoralism in Africa; National Action Plan; African Union