Pastoralism

Research, Policy and Practice

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Camel forage variety in the Karamoja sub-region, Uganda

Camels are becoming more prevalent in some pastoralist societies in east and west Africa. The popularity of keeping camels is partly due to their drought-tolerance, and also due to consumer demand for camel milk, and for export to Arab countries. Camels are reliable milk producers even in the dry seasons, and contribute to pastoral family food security and nutrition. In a recent case study, researchers in Uganda have assessed the availability and distribution of camel forage species as well as herders' views on camel forage preferences in the semi-arid Karamoja region.  The researchers point out that despite the potential of camels to strengthen the resilience of pastoral communities to the impacts of climate variability and change, there is limited documentation of their dietary requirements.

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Pastoralism is now in ESCI

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Aims and scope

Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice investigates extensive livestock production systems throughout the world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives across the biophysical, social and economic sciences. The journal publishes research, reviews, reports and commentaries that influence public policy on the rangelands and livestock on which pastoralists rely for their livelihoods. These studies are not applied in the traditional sense, but through publishing basic research in this field Pastoralism acts as a forum for sharing information between scientists, policy makers and practitioners, with the aim of improving the welfare of pastoralists and better conserving the environments in which they live and the livestock upon which they rely.

The journal was founded in 2009 by Roy Behnke and Carol Kerven, social anthropologists who have each worked for forty years in pastoral and rangeland research and development in many countries. Carol is the Editor-in-Chief and Roy is the Book Review editor.

Article publishing charges, waivers and sponsorships

Open access publishing is not without costs. Pastoralism therefore levies an article-processing charge (APC) of £865/$1355/€1105 for each article accepted for publication. Pastoralism can waive the APC for a number of articles at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. More information about APCs, memberships and waiver programs can be found here.


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