Pastoralism – extensive, often mobile, livestock production – offers vital lessons for navigating highly variable environments. Pastoralists produce food and manage ecosystems, making use of rangelands that cover over half of the land on Earth. Despite this, they are often dismissed as destructive, backward and in need of ‘modernisation’. Longstanding policy biases and negative narratives have shaped decision-making and investments in pastoral regions. A new approach is needed, informed by pastoralist knowledge and practice, to support livelihoods, to defuse ongoing conflicts, and to mitigate food and social insecurities.
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How can development and environmental programmes work alongside pastoralist communities? What are the threats and opportunities these face around the world? This InfoPoint event brings together pastoralist perspectives from Europe, the Mediterranean, Eastern Africa and South Asia.
The panel discussion is convened by PASTRES, a research programme funded by the European Research Council (ERC), in partnership with VSF-Belgium and CELEP (Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism). The event is in support of the forthcoming International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists 2026.
Xavier Pavard, Policy Officer, INTPA F3- Sustainable Agri-Food systems and Fisheries
Michele Nori, Socio-agronomist, agro-pastoral livelihoods, PASTRES
Ann Waters-Bayer, Agricultural sociologist, AGRECOL/CELEP
Nitya Ghotge, Veterinarian, writer, filmmaker, ANTHRA
Emmanuel Emaruk, Uganda country director, VSF-Belgium
Language of Q&A session: English