Journal Papers (peer reviewed)

  • Roba, G. M., Lelea, M. A., Hensel, O., and Kaufmann, B. (2019)
    Elusive Profits: understanding economic performance of local traders in the pastoral small ruminant value chain in northern Kenya
    Nomadic Peoples, 23(1), 78–105,

  • Arasio, R. L., Kaufmann, B., Otieno, D. J., and Wasonga, O. W. (2019)
    Understanding the emergence and evolution of pastoral community groups from the perspective of community members and external development actors in northern Kenya
    Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics, 119(2), 53–66,

  • Ludwig, L., Isele, J., Rahmann, G., Idel, A., and Hülsebusch, C. (2018)
    A pilot study into biomass yield and composition under increased stocking rates and increased stocking densities on a Namibian organic beef cattle and sheep farm
    Organic Agriculture, , 1–13,

  • Roba, G. M., Lelea, M. A., and Hensel, O., and Kaufmann, B. (2018)
    Making decisions without reliable information: The struggle of local traders in the pastoral meat supply chain
    Food Policy, 76, 33–43,

  • Frank, M., Easdale, M. H., and Kaufmann, B. (2018)
    Assessing a demonstration farm approach for technological innovations in pastoral livestock production systems of Northern Patagonia: Participants' perceptions of stakeholder roles and innovations
    Experimental Agriculture, 54(5), 774–793,

  • Roba, G. M., Lelea, M. A., and Kaufmann, B. (2017)
    Manoeuvring through difficult terrain: How local traders link pastoralists to markets
    Journal of Rural Studies, 54, 85–97,

  • Kaufmann B., Lelea M. A., and Hülsebusch C. G. (2016)
    Diversity in livestock resources in pastoral systems in Africa
    Scientific and Technical Review of the Office International des Epizooties (Rev. Sci. Tech. Off. Int. Epiz.), 35(2), 445–459,

  • Kurtz, D. B., Asch, F., Giese, M., Hülsebusch, C., Goldfarb, M. C., and Casco, J. F. (2016)
    High impact grazing as a management tool to optimize biomass growth in northern Argentinean grassland
    Ecological Indicators, 63, 100–109,

  • Wario, H. T., Roba, H. G., and Kaufmann, B. (2016)
    Responding to mobility constraints: Recent shifts in resource use practices and herding strategies in the Borana pastoral system, southern Ethiopia
    Journal of Arid Environments, 127, 222–234,

  • Wario, H. T., Roba, H. G., and Kaufmann, B. (2015)
    Shaping the Herders’ “Mental Maps”: Participatory Mapping with Pastoralists’ to Understand Their Grazing Area Differentiation and Characterization
    Environmental Management, 56(3), 721–737,

  • Elias, M., Hensel, O., Richter, U., Hülsebusch, C., Kaufmann, B., and Wasonga, O. (2015)
    Land Conversion Dynamics in the Borana Rangelands of Southern Ethiopia: An Integrated Assessment Using Remote Sensing Techniques and Field Survey Data
    Environments, 2(1), 1–31,

  • Hertkorn, M. L., Roba, H., Kaufmann, B. (2015)
    Caring for livestock - Borana women's perceptions on their changing role in livestock management in southern Ethiopia
    Nomadic Peoples, 19(1), 30–52,

  • Krätli, S., Hülsebusch, C., Brooks, S., and Kaufmann, B. (2013)
    Pastoralism: A critical asset for food security under global climate change
    Animal Frontiers, 3(1), 42–50,

  • Restrepo, M., Levy, C., and Kaufmann, B. (2012)
    A powerful learning opportunity: Gaza’s PM&E
    Farming Matters - Small-scale agriculture for a sustainable society, 28.3, 38–40, (ILEIA - Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture, Wageningen, The Netherlands)

  • Kaufmann, B. A. (2011)
    Second-order cybernetics as a tool to understand why pastoralists do what they do
    Agricultural Systems, 104(9), 655–665,

  • Ngutu, M. N., Lelo, F. K., Kosgey, I. S., and Kaufmann, B. (2011)
    Potential of pastoralist groups to manage small-stock marketing projects: A case study of groups in Farakoren and Malabot, Marsabit County, Kenya
    Livestock Research for Rural Development, 23(1), 17,

Book Contributions (peer reviewed)


  • Kaufmann, B. (2007). Kaufmann, B. 2007. Cybernetic analysis of socio-biological systems – the case of livestock management in resource-poor environments, Series: Kommunikation und Beratung. Sozialwissenschaftliche Schriften zur Landnutzung und ländlichen Entwicklung, Vol. 81, Margraf Publishers, Weikersheim, Germany

Books edited

  • Hülsebusch, C. G. and Kaufmann, B. (eds.) (2002)
    Camel breeds and breeding in northern Kenya - An account of local camel breeds of northern Kenya and camel breeding management of Turkana, Rendille, Gabra, and Somali pastoralists
    Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya