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The overall goal of this follow-up project that is supported by Misereor is to institutionalize mechanisms and policies that give greater weight to pastoralism in the agro-ecological transformation of the global food sector.
Through the project LPP will support advocacy and capacity building of pastoralist communities with respect to assessments of their numerical, economic and ecological importance.
LPP will provide inputs to the policy debate around the ‘detrimental effects’ of livestock through blogs, responses to misleading information and articles.
The project shall mainstream the concept of pastoralism /mobile livestock keeping among various movements/platforms, including in Europe/Germany.
One of the project activities is the development of a World map of Pastoralists:
With the map we want to show the extent of nature-positive livestock production throughout the world. Pastoralism is a big part of this.
The map is not yet complete. It is an ongoing project that should be constantly added to and corrected.
The Pastoralist Map is a project of:
The value of pastoralism as a food production strategy without any inputs and its ecological benefits are now well established and interest has increased especially among groups that promote resilience. However, the progress in international fora in recognizing and acting upon this situation is agonizingly slow, and governments pay only lip service towards pastoralism. Even the organic movement does not recognize the advantages of pastoralism and some of its protagonists continue to associate pastoralism with drought, desertification and overgrazing. The overall goal of this project that is supported by Misereor is to project and establish pastoralism as a sustainable model for ecological and ethical livestock production in the future.
One of the components of this project is to ‘count pastoralists’ in different countries (Argentina, Germany, India, Kenya, and Uganda) and to develop a better methodology for obtaining data on evaluating their economic and ecological importance.
We would like to thank the 70 participants of our On-line Seminar presenting the results of our ‘Accounting for Pastoralists‘ studies! It was great that you were with us and we are extremely pleased about this interest in pastoralism. Lets hope the International Year on Rangelands and Pastoralism will further intensify this!
Here are the presentations:
- Introduction/Summary by Ilse Köhler-Rollefson
- Argentina study by Maria Rosa Lanari
- Germany study by Evelyn Mathias
- India study by Kamal Kishore
- Kenya/Uganda study by Jacob Wanyama
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