The Karen commitment: Pastoralist/Indigenous Livestock Keepers’ Rights

Leaders of traditional livestock and pastoral communities, government representatives, civil society organizations with a focus on livestock genetic resources, academics and livestock researchers met in Karen, Kenya on 27–30 October, 2003. They issued a statement calling on governments and relevant international bodies to recognize the contribution of pastoralists to food and livelihood security, environmental services and domestic animal diversity and to conserving and sustainable use of animal genetic resources. They called for an international legally-binding recognition of inalienable Livestock Keepers’ Rights and the Rights of their communities.

  • Title: The Karen commitment: Pastoralist/Indigenous Livestock Keepers’ Rights
  • Author: LPP / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network / Intermediate Technology Development Group / 2005
  • Description: Leaders of traditional livestock and pastoral communities, government representatives, civil society organizations with a focus on livestock genetic resources, academics and livestock researchers met in Karen, Kenya on 27–30 October, 2003
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    Engagement für Autonomie und Identität

    Eight-page colour brochure (in German) about LPP’s work to support pastoralists and promote livestock keepers’ rights.

  • Title: Engagement für Autonomie und Identität
  • Author: LPP / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network / 2003
  • Description: Brochure (in German) about LPP's work
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    Managing animal genetic resources at the community level

    Animal breeds become extinct for many reasons, including replacement by exotic breeds, the loss of grazing opportunities, the absence of market demand and lack of competitiveness with improved breeds, the disappearance of indigenous knowledge and institutions, and conflicts and catastrophes. A breed survey can help identify and document breeds that are hitherto unrecognized by outsiders. The best way of conserving local breeds is by creating an enabling environment for the breeding communities. Strategies include increasing community awareness, creating the right policy framework, organization and capacity-building for breeders, creating a market and marketing facilities for products of the breed, and breed improvement through selection.

  • Title: Managing animal genetic resources at the community level
  • Author: Ilse Köhler-Rollefson / International Potato Center / 2003
  • Description: Animal breeds become extinct for many reasons, including replacement by exotic breeds, the loss of grazing opportunities
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    Losing livestock, losing livelihoods

    Although less talked about, the loss of biodiversity in domestic animals is even more acute than in crops, because the gene pool is already much smaller and because fewer wild relatives remain. Livestock conservation programmes have not been a priority and local breeds are continuing to disappear at an alarming rate. This neglect poses a serious threat to the global food supply and the millions of people who depend on domestic animals for their livelihoods.

  • Title: Losing livestock, losing livelihoods
  • Author: Susanne Gura and LPP / GRAIN / 2003
  • Description: The loss of biodiversity in domestic animals is even more acute than in crop
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    Securing tomorrow’s food: Promoting the sustainable use of farm animal genetic resources: Issues and options

    Two breeds vanish every week, threatening herders and smallholders in marginal areas and the food security of us all. Why are we losing animal diversity? How to conserve diversity? What action is needed?

  • Title: Securing tomorrow's food: Promoting the sustainable use of farm animal genetic resources: Issues and options
  • Author: LPP / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network / 2002
  • Description: Two breeds vanish every week, threatening herders and smallholders in marginal areas and the food security of us all
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  • Pages: 4

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