Towards green and equitable livestock development in India

Nilkanth Mama

What do livestock keepers have to say about the future of livestock keeping? At an upcoming seminar in Hyderabad, Nilkanth Mama, leader of thousands of Kuruba shepherds will report about his experiences at the Third Multi-stakeholder Platform towards sustainable livestock sector development that was held in Nairobi in January.

LPP and its partners will organise a Seminar entitled “Towards green and equitable livestock development” in Hyderabad on 13th April. The programme will also include presentations of the exciting results of the Ark-project which indicate that one of the main benefits of keeping indigenous breeds is that their products have a higher nutrient content than those of stall-fed animals. And many other interesting presentations, as well as space for discussion!


About ikrweb

I'm a researcher, writer and activist passionately believing in animal cultures rather than animal industries. Since about 20 years I have been making my home among the Raika, the traditional camel and sheep herders of Rajasthan in India, and observed how their life has been changing... how economic development, forest policies, population growth and other factors are impacting their traditional way of life. With the help of my colleagues from Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan ( and League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development ( I have been trying to support them in their struggle for cultural and economic survival. On this blog I would like to chronicle some of these efforts.
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3 Responses to Towards green and equitable livestock development in India

  1. raziqkakar says:

    Small scaled livestock keepers, pastoralists and livestock keepers are playing very important role in sustainable use of natural resources, conservation of nature and production of safe food but they are always neglected at policy context both at national and international levels. Such livestock keepers are pure and strong in their ecosystem friendly production systems but very poor with their voice and influence. They have seldom representation at legislative levels and have no influence in policies. That is why, they are in trouble. We should support and help them to make their voice strong and stronger.

    • ikrweb says:

      Dear Raziq,
      thanks for your support. Yes, the main problem of pastoralists and other traditional keepers is their lack of an organised voice in policy-making. Also that they are not involved in developing research agendas, so that crucial issues dont get addressed, while a lot of research remains meaningless. For instance, so much research has been done on the camel, but who has looked into developing small cooling units that would enable pastoralists to chill their milk on site and start marketing?

      • raziqkakar says:

        Yes, small scaled livestock keepers and pastoralists are void of representation, and neglected by policy makers. Research is not articulated on issues of their interests. Otherwise their way of livestock production is safe, biological and beauty to landscape.

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