The Sedentarisation of Pastoralists: Moral Dilemmas

Johns Hopkins faculty have been awarded funding for nine projects in the area of practical ethics to get underway in 2016. The first recipients in the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics program will examine a wide range of subject areas, including criminal justice, higher education, behavioral economics, and environmentalism.


Preliminary results from these nine projects will be presented in a symposium on January 24th, 2016. Leading up to this event, our Amelia Hood spoke to each project team to learn more about their work in practical ethics.


Follow this link for more information on the Exploration of Practical Ethics symposium, and for free registration.



Jessica Fanzo, PhD, was awarded funding by the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics program for her project titled “Understanding and addressing moral dilemmas of sedentarisation of pastoralists: Practical ethics of mitigating conflict amongst water and food resource constrained populations in the Northern Kenya Semi-Arid Lands.”


Dr. Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics and Global Food & Agriculture (SAIS), and her research team, will identify the constraints, conflicts, and trade-offs of three types of pastoralist livelihoods among two Kenyan tribes. They will then develop a guiding framework of ethical considerations to help stakeholders navigate the constraints on, drivers of, and conflicts about food and water resources amongst these two ethnic populations. A further project aim is to identify government policies and development agency programmatic actions that have the potential to incorporate ethical standards and rights-based approaches in addressing challenges of food and water insecurity.

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