• Sign the Declaration on Livestock Keepers’ Rights!

    The Declaration on Livestock Keepers’ Rights lists three principles and five rights that make up Livestock Keepers’ Rights, and provides the legal instruments underpinning these rights in international law. The Declaration was distributed at the tenth meeting of the Conference … Continue reading

  • LEISA India magazine focuses on local breeds

    The latest edition of LEISA India, a magazine focusing on low-external input agriculture in India, features local breeds of livestock. It includes two articles by LPP’s Ilse Köhler-Rollefson: Women Livestock Keepers of South India prefer local to global breeds. LEISA … Continue reading

  • International collaboration among herders

    “The world’s 120 million pastoralists have much in common”, says LPP’s Evelyn Mathias. “They face common problems and should work together to solve them.” Evelyn gave a presentation at a symposium on the European Sheep Trek in Brussels on 14 … Continue reading

  • Call for in-situ conservation of livestock breeds

    A group of non-government organizations has called on governments and international organizations to support the conservation of livestock breeds in their original habitats – and by the livestock-keeping groups that developed them. Members of the LIFE Network, a grouping of … Continue reading

  • People-centred livestock development: A tool for sustainable development?

    Ellen Geerlings People-centred livestock development builds on livestock keepers’ own initiatives and efforts, while helping them to use the best of both local and outside knowledge and resources. This literature review summarizes and analyses the experiences of 16 projects and … Continue reading

  • Pakistan floods threaten livelihoods of livestock keepers

    The floods in Pakistan have decimated stocks of animals, says Abdul Raziq Kakar, president of the Pakistani NGO SAVES. It is vital for people’s livelihoods to save as many animals as possible, and to help farmers and livestock keepers restock … Continue reading

  • Ugandan cattle keepers document their breed

    Ankole cattle in southwestern Uganda are well-known for their massive horns. Now this breed has been documented by the people who keep it for the first time. Elizabeth Katushabe of the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa … Continue reading

  • Minister launches LPP book on biocultural protocols

    Tamil Nadu’s Minister for Animal Husbandry, Thiru Pongalur N. Palanisamy, has launched LPP’s latest book, Biocultural community protocols for livestock keepers. Biocultural community protocols are a new approach with great potential for empowering pastoralists and other traditional livestock-keeping communities. They … Continue reading

  • Raikas demand grazing rights in forest land

    Raika pastoralists in Rajasthan, India, have protested against restrictions to their grazing rights. Traditionally, the Raikas would graze their sheep, goats and camels in the forest during the monsoon season, when crops are growing in the fields. After the harvest, … Continue reading

  • German sheep marathon in Brussels on 17 September

    A four-country sheep trek across Europe to draw attention to the role of mobile herding in maintaining biodiversity and grassland will arrive in Brussels on 17 September 2010. The shepherds and their animals were due to arrive in the European … Continue reading