• No patents on seeds and farm animals

    A new coalition called “No Patents on Seeds” www.no-patents-on-seeds.org has called for a global ban on patents on seeds and farm animals. The coalition includes Greenpeace, SwissAid and Coldiretti (the biggest Italian farmers’ organization) , and is supported by more … Continue reading

  • Managing animal genetic resources in Africa

    About 50 stakeholders in livestock keeping, breeding and management from nine African countries, Europe and India met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 24-25 May 2007, to discuss the future of Africa’s domestic livestock and poultry breeds and diversity. The participants … Continue reading

  • LPP annual report 2006

    LPP’s annual report for 2006 is now available online. The lead article, by LPP Project Coordinator Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, focuses on “Patents on animals: Preparing for Interlaken”. The First International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources will be held on 1-7 … Continue reading

  • Reclaiming Livestock Keepers’ Rights

    Reclaiming Livestock Keepers’ Rights to produce and have continued access to their diverse livestock breeds 2-page call for support for efforts to protect the rights of livestock keepers. Download 106 kb Also available in French as: Reconquérir les droits des … Continue reading

  • Keepers of genes

    The interdependence between pastoralists, breeds, access to the commons, and livelihoods This book by Ilse Köhler-Rollefson and the LIFE Network focuses on a key threat to the survival of pastoralists and their livestock breeds: the loss of access to grazing … Continue reading

  • People and Livestock newsletter

    The April 2007 issue of the People and Livestock newsletter focuses on endogenous livestock development. The newsletter is now published by the Endogenous Livestock Development Network, www.eldev.net. LPP is a founding member of this network. Read online or download 158 … Continue reading

  • Endogenous versus globalized

    An alternative vision of livestock development for the poor This discussion paper by Ilse Köhler-Rollefson criticizes the dominant approach to livestock development, which focuses on cash and productivity, and focuses on the animals rather than on the people who keep … Continue reading

  • Organising around breeds pays dividends

    Lobbying by LIFE-Network India, an alliance of NGOs and pastoralist groups, is beginning to bear fruit as policy changes that benefit indigenous livestock and rural livelihoods. For example, the scope of the “Recognition of Forest Rights Bill 2005”, that originally … Continue reading

  • White gold of the desert

    Conserving animal biodiversity and creating rural employment can go hand in hand – an Indian NGO is showing the way. Camels are part of the past? Not according to Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan, a Rajasthan-based NGO and LPP partner. The Indian … Continue reading

  • Livestock Keepers and the Management of Animal Genetic Resources: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities

    Pastoralists and other livestock keepers should have the right to participate in formulating national policies. That was one of the conclusions of a workshop on Pastoralists, Livestock Keepers Rights and Animal Genetic Resources, on 24 to 26 February 2007. Around … Continue reading