Counting pastoralists – our international collaboration

Experts participating in the ‘Counting Pastoralists’ study during our workshop held at LPPS in Sadri (Rajasthan): ( r.)Kamal Kishore (India), Jacob Wanyama (Kenya), Maria-Rosa Lanari (Argentina) and Evelyn Mathias (Germany), flanking LPPS ground manager Ramlal Jat.

Pastoralism is absolutely a worldwide phenomenon, but it takes different guises and has variable significance in individual countries. This is one of the reasons why nobody knows how many pastoralists there are in the world. There is no uniform definition and countries do not collect data on how many of their livestock are kept in pastoralist systems. In a project supported by Misereor, LPP has contracted country studies to experts in three countries (Arhentinia, Germany, and Kenya/Uganda) to look into developing a unified methodology. Currently we are at the stage of discussing the country reports in weekly Zoom meetings.