Keynote on Pastoralist Innovation and Climate Change at International Conference in Kenya!

A member of the Prolinnova–Ethiopia Working Group – Yohannes GebreMichael from Addis Ababa University – represented the international Prolinnova network at an international conference on “Pastoralism and climate change adaptation in Africa” held on 24–28 May 2010 at Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya.

The conference was organised by the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) programme supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada and the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK. It was attended by about 100 people, mainly from Africa and a few from Europe and the USA. About 60 papers were presented on issues related to pastoralism and climate change such as biodiversity, livelihoods, natural resource management, innovation, wildlife, biotechnology, conflict, application of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, and gender. Over half of the presenters were women! The conference was complemented with a theatre drama by pastoralist students, video shows and a field excursion to the university botanical centre, which focuses on traditional medicine. On behalf of Prolinnova, Yohannes presented an invited keynote address on “Emerging responses to climate change in pastoral systems” [CCAA final keynote address Emerging responses 150410].

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