Accounting for pastoralists in Uganda

Jacob Barasa Wanyama / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development / 2020

Pastoralists in Uganda range from largely sedentary agropastoralists to transhumant herders who maintain a home base and satellite herds.
No official definition for pastoralists exists. Official surveys do not use “pastoralism” as a category. This makes it difficult to estimate the significance of pastoralism.
Five million pastoralists in the “cattle corridor” manage 44% of Uganda’s cattle, 34%of the goats, 60% of the sheep, 92% of the donkeys, and 98% of the camels. They pro-duce milk, meat, honey, beeswax and skins.
Annual direct benefits from livestock are worth US$ 299 million. About half comes from milk, 25% from sales of animals and meat, and 25% from use of livestock as insurance and credit.
Pastoralist areas in the south and north have great potential for tourism. Ankole cattle are a national symbol and tourist attraction.
National data collection should categorize production systems as pastoralism, agropastoralism and farming based on clear definitions.

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