Importance of nomadic pastoralism to the economy of East Africa

Importance of nomadic pastoralism to the economy of East africa




Importance of nomadic pastoralism to the economy of East Africa

  • Source of human food with valuable proteins e.g. milk, meat/beef, and blood.
  • It is a source of income to the pastoralists by selling farm products hence improving their standards of living.
  • It is a source of employment e.g. through trade hence providing a livelihood for many people.
  • It is a source of government revenue for setting up roads through taxing livestock transporters and dairy factories.
  • The government earns foreign exchange used for setting up hospitals by exporting animal products e.g. hides and skins.
  • It has helped to diversify the economy of East Africa hence ensuring constant capital inflow and reduced dependency on crop growing.




  • Nomadic pastoralism has provided raw materials for industries that provide jobs e.g. meat packers and the leather tanning industry.
  • It has helped to put idle land into use hence reducing resource wastage e.g. Karamoja region.
  • Animals are used as beasts of burden e.g. for transport and for pulling ox-plows hence promoting farming.
  • Animal wastes are used as a source of fuel e.g. cow dung is used for bio-gas hence offering alternative sources of energy.




  • Source of wealth for social and economic status e.g. bridewealth hence promoting cultural conservation.  

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