Projecting Pastoralism as a productive and ecological livestock system for the future

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.

Presentations ‘Accounting for Pastoralists’

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:

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The Accounting Pastoralists team

Kamal Kishore, Jacob Wanyama, Ramji Jat (LPPS care taker), Maria Rosa Lanari, Evelyn Mathias (l to r). All are members of the LIFE Network.

Here are the authors of LPP’s Accounting Pastoralists studies:

Jacob Barasa Wanyama (Kenya and Uganda) is a Kenyan national and a veterinary doctor, who also has a Masters degree in Environment and natural resource management. Dr. Wanyama is founder of Life-Africa Trust and has worked with ITDG, VETAID, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières – Belgium, and is currently the Eastern and Southern African Sub-Regional Coordinator of PROLINNOVA. He has a special interest in ethnoveterinary medicine, community based animal genetic resource management and pastoralism.

Paul Mundy (editor) is a British/German communication specialist who has worked for many years on agricultural and livestock development throughout the world.

Evelyn Mathias (Germany) is a German veterinarian and pioneer of the field of ethnoveterinary medicine. She has more than 30 years of experience in international livestock development, working in 26 countries and with NGOs, universities and international agencies such as FAO, GIZ and ILRI. She currently works for the German Association of Professional Shepherds.

Maria Rosa Lanari (Argentina) is a researcher in Animal Breeding in the National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA), Experimental Station Bariloche, Patagonia (Argentina), since 1993. Since 2018 she leads INTA’s National Program of Genetic Resources and Breeding (including plants, animals, forest and microorganisms). Maria Rosa’s professional focus has been on Argentina’s animal genetic resources, traditional management systems, and the breeding of small ruminants.

Ilse Köhler-Rollefson (summary) is a veterinarian by training, originally from Germany but predominantly based in India since 30 years. She is a co-founder of the League for Pastoral Peoples and, more recently, of India’s first micro camel dairy and a company called Camel Charisma that adds value to camel based raw materials. She consults widely with FAO, UNDP, GIZ and other organizations.

Kamal Kishore (India) is an animal scientist from Himachal Pradesh in India. He coordinates the Rainfed Livestock Network and has worked with the Foundation for Ecological Security over the last decade as an advisor on animal husbandry issues. Kamal has used his expertise in sheep breeding to diversify into value addition to local wool and is founder of Kullu Karishma, a local enterprise that provides jobs to hundreds of local women.

The Accounting pastoralists team and the lovely staff of LPPS that hosted its workshop in Rajasthan/India)