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Pastoralism can be considered as one of the best examples...

South Africa’s agricultural sector is responsible for devastating impacts on...
Drought in the Horn of Africa has been widespread, causing food insecurity that has triggered a regional humanitarian crisis, particularly among livestock-owning communities. FAO’s Abdal Monium Osman, Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer, and Cyril Ferrand, Resilience Team Leader for East Africa explain what FAO is doing to help improve the resilience of pastoral livelihoods.
Q. How does the pastoralist system survive after a severe...
Below-average rains forecast for Somalia could lead to devastating cattle losses and intensify malnutrition in the Horn of Africa nation, the United Nations food security agency has warned.
The grim scenario follows massive livestock deaths due to drought...

Pastoralists produce food in the world’s harshest environments, and pastoral production supports the livelihoods of rural populations on almost half of the world’s land. They have traditionally suffered from poor understanding, marginalization and exclusion from dialogue.

The Pastoralist Knowledge Hub is an initiative bringing together pastoralists and the main actors working with them to join forces and create the synergies for dialogue and pastoralist development.

Knowledge repository. A database that classifies and provides access to literature on pastoralism.

Pastoralist networks. A forum for pastoralist organizations to share knowledge and voice their concerns in policy making.

Partners. A tool for alliance with key players on pastoralism, allowing dialogue, coordination and exploration of synergies, as well as to showcase work done in the field.

Pastoralist networks

The Hub offers a platform for pastoralists to share their voice at the global level.

Pastoralist participation is organized through networks organized by regions - providing easy dialogue through shared regional languages - as well as through thematic working groups that promote south-south learning.

Videos

Partners, policies and pastoralism: Bringing pastoral voices to the global stage

From: FAO
Millions of pastoralists worldwide provide food and important environmental benefits, yet they have little say in policies that affect them [Watch more videos]

Key facts

  • Several hundred million people are pastoralists, mostly in Africa and Asia.

  • Pastoralists manage rangelands covering about a third of the Earth’s terrestrial surface.

  • Pastoralists are able to produce food where crop production is not possible.

  • Pastoral livestock convert large amounts of resources non edible by humans into high value animal-source foods.

  • Pastoralists produce more than half of the agricultural GDP in some countries; this includes products such as livestock sales, meat, milk, hair and hides.

  • Globally, the value of ecosystem services provided by rangelands amounts to 75% of that of croplands and to nearly double of that of woodlands.

  • Habitat provisioning, nutrient cycling, and control of bush encroachment and weeds are the most recognized ecosystem services provided by livestock grazing in rangelands.

  • Pastoralist societies have strategies and social structures that optimize their production system. They depend on communal land, social networks and mobility to track variable resources.