Last November, Acting for Life brought together over 200 people from West Africa, Kenya and Europe for three days of discussions on pastoralism and agro-pastoralism.
In the context of climate change and a complex security environment, raising livestock enables 80 million people to survive in West Africa, notably in marginalized rural areas, where more and more young people are struggling to find their place in society. Thanks to support from Air France, the UK BRACED program and the French Development Agency, representatives from the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel and from Acting for Life met in Dakar to brainstorm with civil society and scientists in the field, bringing livestock herders into contact with the world of research and development and with regional and international organizations. It provides a rare and bold opportunity to raise awareness about the global economic importance of preserving the mobility of livestock farming in West Africa.
© Cécile Vic/Fondation Air France - Gilles Coulon