• 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.

  • Local breeds, livelihoods and livestock keepers’ rights in South Asia

    Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, H. S. Rathore and E. Mathias. Tropical Animal Health and Production. 22 Nov 2008. Abstract In South Asia, and throughout the developing world, the predominant official approach to livestock development has been improvement of production by means of … Continue reading

  • FAO highlights role of livestock keepers in breeds

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has recognized the contribution of smallholders and pastoralists to the development, use and conservation of animal genetic resources. FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture presented a 42-page paper … Continue reading

  • LPP in United Nations panel

    The League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (LPP) will be a member of a panel discussion on “the crucial role of genetic resources in ensuring food security in a changing climate” at the United Nations in New York … Continue reading