Milking drylands : gender networks, pastoral markets and food security in stateless Somalia

M. Nori

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


The Milking Drylands research initiative addresses the critical issues of food security, market integration, gender roles and governance matters in a peculiar area of the world, the Somali ecosystem. The research aims at exploring interesting dynamics of ongoing social change, in order to stimulate appropriate understanding of complex pastoral economics and provide options for sensitive interventions. More specifically camel milk marketing is a developing women enterprise in Somali drylands, aimed at ensuring food security, generating some income and providing a buffer to cope with critical situations. Within a livelihood perspective socio-economic processes related to camel milk commoditization are investigated, in order to assess the relevance of existing embedding institutions on the construction of pastoral markets, with a special concern for the relevance of gender roles, state control and governance.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • van der Ploeg, Jandouwe, Promotor
  • Hebinck, Paul, Co-promotor
Award date12 Feb 2010
Place of Publication[S.L.
Print ISBNs9789085855460
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • sociology
  • pastoralism
  • pastoral society
  • livestock farming
  • camel milk
  • dromedaries
  • milk
  • milk production
  • socioeconomics
  • market milk
  • milk marketing
  • food security
  • development
  • resource management
  • east africa
  • least developed countries
  • somalia
  • women
  • state
  • gender
  • networks
  • livelihood strategies
  • governance

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