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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.


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.

The Hub partners with various stakeholders working towards sustainable pastoralism, including multilateral agencies, public institutions, academia, and civil society organizations.

A full list of partners can be found here.

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  • Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa AFSA
  • Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP)
  • Centre for Sustainable Development (CENESTA)
  • Committee on World Food Security
  • Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organizations (COPACSO)
  • European Union (EU)
  • Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (The Global Agenda)
  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • International Institute for Environment and Development
  • IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD)
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Inter-réseaux Développement
  • International Land Coalition (ILC)
  • International Rangeland Congress
  •  World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP)
  • League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (LPP)
  • Mongolian Alliance of Nomadic and Indigenous Peoples (MANIP)
  • Mountain Partnership
  • NMBU uploads/pics/loghi_NMBU.png Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins)
  • Réseau Billital Maroobè (RBM)
  • Réseau des Peuples Pasteurs du Sahel
  • Slow Food
  • Society for range management
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • UNESCO’s Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) programme
  • Pastoramericas
  • Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF) International
  • World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous People (WAMIP)
  • World Bank Group - International Development, Poverty, & Sustainability