This profile was prepared when Dramane Coulibaly was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
Dramane Coulibaly has successfully reversed centuries-old cattle raising practices among Peul and Touareg herdsmen in Niger, which in current conditions, are economically unsustainable and environmentally destructive. Dramane reinvented the cattle raising business model, leaving the herders with smaller but healthier and more profitable herds, and more downstream jobs created for processing marginal animals. His approach has been recognized and endorsed by the Government of Niger, and it holds wide promise for reforming herding practices of previously nomadic tribes who find their means of livelihood threatened across the Sahel.
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