June 1st: Online Seminar: Ethical Camel Dairying

We are pleased to announce the Online Seminar on 1st June – World Milk Day 2024: Ethical Camel Dairying – Why camels should not go the way of the cow!

Camel dairying offers a sustainable alternative to industrial dairy farming practices, as camels are well-suited to arid environments and require less water and resources compared to cows.

By supporting ethical camel dairying, we can not only protect the livelihoods of communities that rely on these majestic animals but also promote a more environmentally friendly approach to dairy production.

June 1st, 2024, at 1:00 PM CEST, 2 PM EAT and 4:30 PM IST    

Please note that registration is required.

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International Workshop on Camelid Pastoralism

Sadri, Rajasthan, India, 5-10 January 2024

the first international event of the International Year of Camelids 2024 was an International Workshop on Camelid Pastoralism, held in Sadri, Rajasthan, India, hosted by Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS), the League for Pastoral Peoples (LPP) and the Godwar camel pastoralist milk producers.

Participants represented Raika camel herders and other camel pastoralists from Rajasthan and Gujarat in India, camel herders from Mongolia and Kenya, and researchers and practitioners from India, Iran, Kenya, UK and Germany. They were joined online by scientists and practitioners from Peru, Pakistan, UAE and USA.

The workshop participants saw the International Year of Camelids is an opportunity to understand and value the work and knowledge of camelid-herding communities. These must be at the centre of the activities during the Year. Mobile camelid pastoralists plan to unite their voices globally and to work in alliance to promote and adopt a development model that is good for camelids, people and the planet.

Workshop statement


Also available at https://iyrp.info/international-year-camelids-iyc-2024

Workshop presentations

The resilience of camel keepers through improved productivity in Mandera County of northern Kenya

Asli Ismail Ali

Treasurer, Mandera East Camel Milk Sellers, Kenya

Current conditions of camel herders in Mongolia and their adaptation to the climate change

Khand Byambaa

Camel herder, Mongolia

Camel culture and Rohi pastoralism in Pakistan

Muhammad Younas, Umer Saeed, Moosa Butt and Ali Raza Abbasi

Institute of Animal and Dairy Sciences, Faculty of Animal Husbandry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Raising camels in North America: The struggles, the needs and the plan for the future

Valeri Crenshaw

Secretary General, North American Camel Ranch Owners Association

World map of camelids

The League for Pastoral Peoples’ World map of camelids is an interactive map with information on over 220 groups that keep camelids worldwide.

The vast majority of these are pastoralists who keep dromedaries, Bactrian camels, alpacas and llamas in extensive grazing systems. The map also shows groups that keep camelids in other management systems and organizations that are concerned with camelids. It also includes the main ranges (areas of distribution) of domesticated, wild and feral populations of camelids (including wild Bactrians, feral dromedaries, guanacos and vicuñas).

Click here for the map.

We have also published a poster based on the map, showing the ranges of these camelid species and highlighting some of the major management systems worldwide.

Click here for the poster.