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Pastoralist Knowledge Hub

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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.


Pastoralism & Sustainable Livelihoods
Pastoralists express their views on their livelihoods at the Global Pastoralists' Gathering held in Kenya in 2013.

Keepers of Genes - India's pastoralists and their breeds
From: The League of Pastoral People and Moving Images
This film shows the role of pastoralists in conserving biodiversity and visually transports policymakers into the situation of pastoralists.

Farmers, their animals and the environment – Africa
From: FAO
Land, livestock and environment are strongly linked. This video shows the case of Southern Africa.

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.