Man with his cows

Tuesday 30 June 10am-12.30pm (BST)

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Climate change, rapid population growth and environmental degradation means herders and farmers face greater competition for access to land, water and other resources than ever before. It is therefore unsurprising that the intensity and pervasiveness of violence seems to be relentlessly increasing.

Given all of this, it can sometimes appear that the needs of herders and farmers around the world are inherently incompatible and that violence is inevitable. However, herders and farmers have had symbiotic and largely peaceful relationships in Nigeria and beyond for centuries. Even now, when competition for resources is higher than ever before, there are still many examples of mutual collaboration and peaceful coexistence at the community level. Often at the heart of the coexistence are an array of locally initiated mechanisms – whether formal or informal, traditional or new, conventional or creative - that look to prevent, manage or resolve potential sources of tension between herders and farmers.

This webinar looks to explore the myriad of mechanisms at the local level which have proven effective at increasing resilience to succumbing to herder-farmer violence; the lessons these have for policy actors at the state, national regional and international level, and how these and similar responses can be nurtured and incentivised so that they are replicated more widely.

All attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and contribute during the Q&A sessions that will follow each discussion.

The event will be held under Chatham House rules.