• Leveraging the potential of livestock for dryland development

    Leveraging the potential of livestock for dryland development:: Why a paradigm shift is needed was the title of a presentation by LPP’s Ilse Köhler-Rollefson at an international conference on Nurturing Arid Zones for People and the Environment at the Central … Continue reading

  • Raika publish details of their breeds and indigenous knowledge

    Raika Samaj Panchayat. 2009. Raika biocultural protocol. Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan, Sadri, Rajasthan, India. This declaration by the Raika pastoralists of Rajasthan, India, details the livestock breeds they have developed, their traditional knowledge about their animals, and their lifestyle in … Continue reading

  • Consultations on camels and biocultural protocols

      LPP is co-organizing two meetings in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India, on 24 and 25 February 2010 to discuss the future of livestock keepers. National Consultation for Saving the Camel, 24 February Organized by Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan and the Jaisalmer Camel … Continue reading

  • Biocultural community protocols on YouTube

    Biocultural community protocols document livestock keepers’ contribution to conserving the environment and their livestock breeds. Indian filmmaker Moving Images has made two videos on this new approach. Video 1: Biocultural protocols and access and benefit sharing Video 2: Developing biocultural … Continue reading

  • Stunning images of camels

    Australian photographer Tim Cushan visited Rajasthan to photograph camels in India’s desert state. He was hosted by LPP’s Ilse Koehler-Rollefson and Hanwant Singh of Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan. See his beautiful photo essay here.

  • Adding value to livestock diversity: Marketing to promote local breeds and improve livelihoods

    Many local livestock breeds and minor species are in decline and may be lost because they cannot compete with high-yielding exotic breeds. Conserving these breeds is important: many have unique traits, such as hardiness and disease resistance, that are vital … Continue reading

  • Biocultural protocols event in Rome

    LPP and the LIFE Network held a side-event during the meeting of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on 19 October 2009, entitled Biocultural/Community Protocols and a Code of Conduct on Livestock Keepers’ Rights. The session focused … Continue reading

  • Ilse joins the blogosphere

    LPP’s founder and project coordinator Ilse Koehler-Rollefson has started a blog detailing her work with and for pastoralists. The blog is hosted by Rolex Awards (Ilse is a 2002 Laureate). Read it at http://blog.rolexawards.com/author/ilse/

  • Livestock keepers: Guardians of biodiversity

    Smallholder farmers and pastoralists fulfil an invaluable yet undervalued role in conserving biodiversity. They act as guardians of locally adapted livestock breeds that can make use of even marginal environments under tough climatic conditions and therefore are a crucial resource … Continue reading

  • Vier Hände für einen Höcker / Four hands for one hump

    This article (in German) in the July 2009 issue of the nature magazine Natur+Kosmos describes the work of LPP’s Ilse Koehler-Rollefson and Hanwant Singh Rathore, director of LPP’s partner organization in Rajasthan, Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan.