Local livestock for empowerment: The LIFE Network

Imagine if all cows were black and white… if all the pigs were pink… if every sheep, and every chicken, were white…
This booklet draws attention to the threat to local livestock breeds, and describes what the Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network is doing to help pastoralists and small-scale livestock keepers to maintain them.

  • Title: Local livestock for empowerment: The LIFE Network
  • Author: LIFE Network / LIFE Network / 2010
  • Description: Imagine if all cows were black and white... if all the pigs were pink... if every sheep, and every chicken, were white...
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  • Pages: 16

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    Livestock Keepers’ Rights: A rights-based approach to invoking justice for pastoralists and biodiversity conserving livestock keepers

    Adapted livestock breeds enable their keepers to take advantage of common property resources. They are an important resource for maintaining food security in remote areas and in the adaptation to climate change. To ensure their long-term survival, the livestock keepers who have bred and nurtured these breeds need a bundle of rights that enable them to continue keeping these breeds and make a living from them. Players in livestock development should support the struggle of the livestock keepers for recognition during the negotiations at various international forums. This article summarizes the three principles and five rights that make up Livestock Keepers’ Rights.

  • Title: Livestock Keepers’ Rights: A rights-based approach to invoking justice for pastoralists and biodiversity conserving livestock keepers
  • Author: Ilse Köhler-Rollefson and Evelyn Mathias / Policy Matters / 2010
  • Description: Adapted livestock breeds enable their keepers to take advantage of common property resources
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  • Pages: 3

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    Bio-cultural Community Protocols, starting point for endogenous livestock development?

    A biocultural protocol is a document that records a community’s role in ecosystem management, and states its rights to benefit from the ecosystem. Several groups of livestock keepers have created biocultural protocols describing their animal breeds and their indigenous knowledge about their breeds.

  • Title: Bio-cultural Community Protocols, starting point for endogenous livestock development?
  • Author: Ilse Köhler-Rollefson / Endogenous Development Magazine / 2010
  • Description: A biocultural protocol is a document that records a community's role in ecosystem management, and states its rights to benefit from the ecosystem
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  • Pages: 32

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    Agrobiodiversity in drylands

    “When it rains and drylands bloom, one realises the remarkable diversity of living organisms they harbour. Long overlooked, this diversity is crucial to the food security of a large share of the world’s population.” This information brief describes the importance of dryland agricultural biodiversity, outlines the threats facing it, and points to the key role that local people play in conserving it.

  • Title: Agrobiodiversity in drylands
  • Author: Evelyn Mathias / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit / 2010
  • Description: This information brief describes the importance of dryland agricultural biodiversity
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  • Pages: 4

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    Supporting livelihoods and local livestock breeds: Guidelines for putting Livestock Keepers’ Rights into practice

    Livestock Keeper’s Rights are three principles and five rights that ensure that livestock keepers can continue raising their animals. This document gives practical guidelines on how development professionals, private companies, researchers, governments and policymakers can turn the rights into practice.

  • Title: Supporting livelihoods and local livestock breeds: Guidelines for putting Livestock Keepers’ Rights into practice
  • Author: LIFE Network / LIFE Network / 2010
  • Description: Livestock Keeper's Rights are three principles and five rights that ensure that livestock keepers can continue raising their animals
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  • Pages: 22

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