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Pastoralism is a rational and viable economic land-use system able to generate significant returns in the dryland areas of Eastern Africa. Widespread misunderstanding about pastoralism has left it often under-protected, undervalued and an unintended victim of uninformed policies. However, this traditional livelihood system, which evolved as an adaptive strategy for thriving in some of the world’s harshest regions, is ideally suited to the climatic and economic uncertainties of our turbulent century. Therefore, informed and supportive policies need to be developed and implemented to realise the tremendous potential of pastoralism. This policy brief aims to facilitate informaed policy making by elaborating the direct and indirect values of pastoralism.

Year of publication: 2017
Organization: Coalition Of European Lobbies For Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP) 
Topic: Climate change, Economy, Environmental services, Indigenous knowledge, Land, Resilience
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Eastern Africa

Pastoral communities are facing increasing pressure on their livehoods due to depletion and degradation of their productive resources. Land tenure plays a decisive role in sustaining pastoral productive systems. However, these communities are also facing pressures on their land as a result of misconceptions about pastoralism, changing demographics, urbanisation, climate change, and environmental degradation. In addition, public policy has not always favoured the development of pastoralism. Given that pastoral communities reside in areas characterised by arid and semi-arid conditions, and where alternative uses of land such as crop farming may not be possible, this policy brief argues for the maintenance of collective land tenure as it enhances the sustainability of pastoral productive systems.

Year of publication: 2017
Organization: Evidence and lessons from Latin America (ELLA) 
Topic: Indigenous peoples, Land
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Global

This book summarizes the current status of scientific and management knowledge
regarding global rangelands and the major challenges that confront them. It is organized around three major themes: the first summarizes recent theoretical and conceptual advances in rangeland science and management, the second tries to alaborate on the implications of these advances for management recommendations and policy decisions, and the third theme evaluates some of the major challenges confronting global rangelands in the 21st century.

Year of publication: 2017
Organization: Individual authors 
Topic: Climate change, Environmental services, Land, Value addition
Language: English
Type of document: Scientific
Geographical coverage: Global

This issue of Farming Matters explores the different ways pastoral societies are joining forces to challenge the policies that undermine their culture and way of life.

For millennia, pastoralist societies have managed the rangelands of the world’s most challenging environments, producing food and providing ecosystem services for millions of households.

The experiences, opinions and perspectives presented in this issue highlight the importance of pastoral societies for agroecology and the transformation of entire food systems.

Year of publication: 2016
Organization: Individual authors 
Topic: Environmental services, Gender and youth, Land, Participation
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: Global

Over 50 institutions and individuals endorsed “The Cancun Statement” calling for the promotion of sustainable pastoralism and livestock production for the conservation of biodiversity in grasslands and rangelands.

The statement was presented on the sidelines of the 13th meeting of the Coalition of Parties (COP13) on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Cancun, Mexico.

Year of publication: 2016
Organization: Individual authors 
Topic: Environmental services, Indigenous knowledge, Resilience
Language: English
Type of document: Policies and legislation
Geographical coverage: Global

Common grazings occupy 6% of Scotland’s land mass, mainly in remote and hill, upland or island areas. This film captures the experiences of common graziers, young crofters, government agencies and advisors in working common grazings land in unique High Nature Value Landscapes. 

Year of publication: 2016
Organization: Individual authors 
Topic: Economy, Land
Language: English
Type of document: Videos
Geographical coverage: Europe

Ce livre offre une perspective unique et une compréhension profonde d'un monde qui change rapidement, avec des contributions des praticiens et des académiciens. En dépit des contraintes et des idées préconçues, le pastoralisme continue à jouer un rôle substantiel dans le développement social et économique dans la région Afrique de l'Ouest comme ailleurs, et dans l'intégration régionale. Les caractéristiques innées de la mobilité et de l'adaptabilité signifient que le pastoralisme demeurera crucial pour les moyens de subsistance résilients. Ce livre présente des zones de production et de consommation établies et nouvelles, et démontre l'évolution rapide des chaînes de valeur pastorale.

Year of publication: 2016
Organization: Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) 
Topic: Economy, Value addition
Language: Français
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: West Africa

Pastoralism is a practice that makes the best use of natural resources in the context of sustainability, availability, and environmental limitations, while producing wealth for the herder families as well as for the nation. This photo feature traces the lifestyle of some of these nomadic herders and shows the hardships they face with a shrinking of their resource base. It serves as a  soft advocacy tool and calls for a benevolent state to protect the interests of the pastoralists.

Year of publication: 2016
Organization: Individual authors 
Topic: Economy, Gender and youth, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous peoples, Organization, Participation, Social services
Language: English
Type of document: Technical
Geographical coverage: South Asia
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