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Enabling sustainable pastoralism: policies and investments that optimise livestock production and rangeland stewardship

Author(s) : R. Ouedraogo & J. Davies

Summary :

Pastoralism is a system of dynamically managing livestock and land for economic, social and environmental benefit. To a large extent, pastoralism is an adaptation to ecological and climatic variability and is not simply a livestock production system but provides significant environmental services to humanity. Evidence from a range of national contexts shows that sustainable pastoralist development requires an understanding of the dual environmental and economic roles of pastoralism and an adaptation of policies and investments to support both. The current paper examines three cornerstones that have proven to be crucial for sustainable pastoralist development and for maximising the links between livestock production and environmental stewardship: strengthening pastoral capabilities and institutions, securing land tenure and natural resource governance, and ensuring equitable markets for pastoral diversity.

Keywords
Extensive livestock production – Land tenure – Pastoral capabilities – Pastoral diversity – Pastoralism – Rangelands governance – Sustainable pastoralism.

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