New publication: Pastoralism Making variability work


Pastoralism is a livestock-keeping system that specializes in taking advantage of environmental variability, managing grazing itineraries at a variety of scales so that livestock feed better than without a herder”. Elaborating on this definition, this document explains how pastoralism, by farming with nature, can address the global challenge of producing food sustainably in a context of increasing variability from climate change. It does so in addressing climate change, economic contribution and employment, food security, food safety and nutrition, water efficiency, ecosystem services, landscape functionality, resource management, regional economic integration, biodiversity conservation and the transition to a green economy.

This document aims to engage FAO in the mainstreaming of pastoralism – promoting FAO’s corporate vision by generating an understanding of pastoralism and systematically including pastoralism in FAO’s normal operations – and to present an evidence-based narrative on pastoralism for a specialist audience. 

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