Presence in the country:
Twenty years after ending their ties with the USSR, Mongolia is experiencing strong economic growth due to a recent mining boom. In Mongolia, whose population density is the lowest in the entire world, there are major differences between the modern urban areas and the rural way of life, traditionally characterized by extensive nomadic livestock farming.
Between privatization and environmental issues, Mongolian livestock farmers are seeking to keep alive the socio-cultural model of nomadism, the basis of their economic life. However, the survival of this practice, which is adapted to difficult natural conditions, is threatened by the many upheavals that the country is currently experiencing. The farmers have a hard time promoting their products, which leads them to increase the size of their herds, which in turn threatens the equilibrium between the livestock and the natural environment, a phenomenon that is then exacerbated by the effects of climate change.
AVSF is active in the Arkhangaï and Bayankhongor provinces, and in the Gobi Desert.
What we do:
- Promoting sustainable management practices of pasture and water resources.
- Increasing the resilience of livestock keepers faced with climate variability and risks.
- Improving animal health systems and livestock farming practices to increase productivity.
- Developing value chains for high-quality animal products on the national (meat and milk) and international (yak fibre and cashmere) markets.