Publications on pastoralism

The path to greener pastures. Pastoralism, the backbone of the world’s drylands.

Jenet, A., Buono, N., Di Lello, S., Gomarasca M., Heine, C., Mason, S., Nori, M., Saavedra, R. VSF Internaitonal, 2016

Pastoralism is vital for the livelihoods of million of people, providing food, labor and income also in remote areas. Despite their important contributions, pastoral communities are often marginalized and ignored. This is especially true in regard to climate change, shifting global markets, population growth and increasing competition for land and other natural resources. Understanding how it works is vital for efforts to reduce poverty in pastoral communities.

This report aims to offer practical recommendations for effective policies and programmes. It looks at the factors impeding development in pastoralist regions, and suggests possible solutions to improve pastoralist livelihoods. It is organized around the community capitals framework, which combines two major lines of assessing livelihoods: livelihoods-centred approaches and economy-centred approaches. These are commonly regarded as mutually exclusive, even though nature and people are strongly interlinked in social ecological systems.

Rather than regarding pastoralists as a problem, policymakers should see them as a major and indispensable contributor to the development of sparsely populated, marginal areas. Efforts to develop pastoralism need to be focused on the local area or territory, rather than on national-level policies. They need to take the community capitals into account and build on them, and especially on the pastoralists’ own knowledge, organizations and social networks.

Other publications on pastoralism by VSF International and its members:

Better approaches in support of pastoralism

Better approaches in support of pastoralism

Securing pastoralists’ land tenure rights

Securing pastoralists’ land tenure rights

The path to greener pastures. Pastoralism, the backbone of the world’s drylands

The path to greener pastures. Pastoralism, the backbone of the world’s drylands

Poster: Migration and adaptation features in pastoralist communities

Poster: Migration and adaptation features in pastoralist communities

Des services de santé animale de qualité adaptés au pastoralisme en Afrique de l’Ouest

Des services de santé animale de qualité adaptés au pastoralisme en Afrique de l’Ouest

Pastoralists as stewards of the environment

Pastoralists as stewards of the environment

From the community, for the community

From the community, for the community

Drought Contingency Planning with Pastoral Communities

Drought Contingency Planning with Pastoral Communities

Pastoralism and conflict – two sides of a coin?

Pastoralism and conflict – two sides of a coin?

La création d’un environnement propice au développement durable du pastoralisme au Mali : Actes du colloque national de Bamako

La création d’un environnement propice au développement durable du pastoralisme au Mali : Actes du colloque national de Bamako

Les Unités Pastorales : une contribution à l’aménagement du territoire et à la gestion participative et durable des ressources naturelles

Les Unités Pastorales : une contribution à l’aménagement du territoire et à la gestion participative et durable des ressources naturelles

Action Research for Disaster Risk Reduction. Experiences with Pastoralist Field School and Village Community Banks

Action Research for Disaster Risk Reduction. Experiences with Pastoralist Field School and Village Community Banks

Planning In Conflict. Sensitive Programming Approach ‘Do No Harm’ in Pastoralist Settings.

Planning In Conflict. Sensitive Programming Approach ‘Do No Harm’ in Pastoralist Settings.

Holistic Grazing Planning and Reciprocal grazing agreements approach

Holistic Grazing Planning and Reciprocal grazing agreements approach

» More publications from VSF International are available here.

 

 

 

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