Pastoralists are important for food production, ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, maintenance of landscapes. They practice a sustainable, low carbon, animal welfare friendly way of livestock production. If we want to put the livestock sector on a sustainable trajectory, we need to support these kinds of systems and reign in others that are less beneficial.
But nobody knows how many pastoralists there are and most figures provided are pure conjecture. Therefore, LPP commissioned five country studies to look at the available data sets for pastoralism. We made the somewhat surprising discovery that in no case the government actually uses pastoralism as a category for data collection.
Our briefs cover Argentina, Germany, India, Kenya and Uganda. And there is also a summary brief that analyses the results of all studies and makes the recommendation to the FAO to take the lead in initiating data collection on pastoralism and livestock production systems at country level.
The online booth for the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralism (#IYRP) has just gone live and is extremely worthwhile to visit. The video by the Mongolian government is lovely and in the East Asia/South Asia section there is a very short video clip by Hanwant Singh, the director of our partner organization LPPS. And do watch the trailer for an upcoming 5 part Arte series on ‘The Guardians of the Earth”!
Here is the link: https://iyrp.info/
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We are pleased to invite to an online seminar to share the results of a project to look for the data situation on pastoralism in five different countries: Argentina, Germany, India, Kenya and Uganda.
Registration is mandatory at this link:
The summaries of the studies will be published here shortly.