West Africa has doubled its population over the last 30 years and is undergoing unprecedented rates of urbanization. The World Bank suggests that by 2050, demand for meat and dairy products in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to increase by 327% and 270% respectively. (C. Planket, World Bank blog, 2020). From the 1990s to the early 2000s, nevertheless, the sector suffered from consistent under-investment, terrorist attacks in northern Sahelian regions, and significant farmer resistance in adjacent southern grasslands. Recently, organizations like CILSS/Club du Sahel, African Development Bank, and the World Bank have partnered with local and regional herder associations to support mobile livestock management in arid and semi-arid zones, and to raise awareness of its efficacy and sustainability for future food production and environmental protection. The pastoral community continues to face the challenge of improving public perceptions of the sector and its importance for local and regional economic growth. This panel seeks scholars and practitioners who will present findings, reflections, and analysis of pastoral futures in West Africa, paying attention to intersections of class, gender, and age as factors in livelihood success. Key themes to consider would be security, development policy, environment, climate change, literacy, and market networks. French language proposals will be considered.

Paper proposals should be sent to my email address at wilsonfw@lafayette.edu and should arrive no later than March 30.