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Mixture of rules makes it hard to manage pastoralist conflict in Ghana

By Dennis Penu, PhD Research Fellow, International Institute of Social Studies
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Conflicts between nomadic livestock farmers (pastoralists) and crop farmers are common social problems reported in every sub-region in Africa. These problems even existed before some states gained independence. They are common in communities where both groups of farmers live together, or when the moving herds arrive and feed in farming communities.

The African Union estimates that about 268 million pastoralists live in Africa.

Usually, the conflicts are over the use of natural resources such as agricultural…

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