Daten zum Projekt

Senior Fellowship for Dr. Georges Djohy "Navigating Uncertainties: New livelihood trajectories by Fulani Pastoralist Youth in Northern Benin"

Initiative: Wissen für morgen – Kooperative Forschungsvorhaben im subsaharischen Afrika (beendet)
Ausschreibung: Postdoctoral Fellowships on Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change
Bewilligung: 27.11.2020
Laufzeit: 3 Jahre


More than ever before, the Fulani pastoralist communities in Benin are confronted with various uncertainties that jeopardize their traditional livelihood of livestock keeping and drive them into a vicious circle of vulnerability, marginality and poverty. Women and young people, who both play important roles in the Fulani pastoralist systems, are particularly affected. While the applicant's junior fellowship project comprised an in-depth ethnographic investigation of women in the context of emerging professional associations, the proposed follow-up project extends the research focus to the youth. In Benin, continued livestock losses and problems of herd mobility have made the situation of young people precarious. Destitute young Fulani herders are often in a generalizing way accused or suspected of engaging in violence, either in the form of banditry or by joining armed groups such as Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda- or ISIS-affiliated groups. To this end, the project proposes to analyze the new livelihood trajectories of the Fulani youth in northern Benin, based on the hypothesis that a better understanding of livelihood dynamics in the face of uncertainties would contribute to policies aimed at youth capacity building in urban agroindustrial trades, agripreneurship and other future-oriented opportunities. A mixed-methods approach will be applied, generating both qualitative and quantitative data with Fulani research partners in rural, peri-urban and urban areas in three districts of the two most important livestockkeeping provinces in northern Benin, Alibori and Borgou. The results shall be disseminated through scientific articles, policy briefs and a book on "Gender and the (re)negotiation of uncertainty in Fulani pastoralist societies".


  • Prof. Dr. Eva Schlecht

    Universität Göttingen
    Fakultät für Agrarwissenschaften
    Department für Nutztierwissenschaften
    Abteilung Tierhaltung in den Tropen und Subtropen

  • Dr. Georges Djohy

    University of Parakou
    Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
    National School of Statistics, Planning &

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert

    Universität Kassel
    FB 11: Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften
    Fachgebiet Ökologischer Pflanzenbau und Agraröko-
    systemforschung in den Tropen und Subtropen

  • Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Schareika

    Universität Göttingen
    Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Institut für Ethnologie