"What to do about Karamoja?" Why Pastoralism is not the Problem but the Solution: A Food Security Analysis of Karamoja

By Simon Levine September 2010

The dominant perception of Karamoja within government, the civil service and   among development partners is that the population of Karamoja is a) extremely  poor, b) their livelihoods are very vulnerable to frequent droughts and c) pastoral livelihoods are not viable in the long term. This report presents empirical evidence that shows that these three perceptions are not true. The  consequence of the fact that humanitarian and development aid policy and practice are being guided by fundamental misperceptions and  misrepresentations of the truth will then be analysed.