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Rangelands are faced with increasingly erratic climates, rapidly increasing human populations in some countries and rapidly declining or even abandonment in others, and a fast pace of unsustainable land-use change. But in recent years, an increasing appreciation of the value of pastoralism and transhumance for maintaining healthy rangelands has led to innovative approaches and technologies for the sustainability of pastoralism. These landscapes and livelihoods need urgent attention from many sectors (e.g. agriculture, environment, health, education, trade) and many stakeholders (e.g. policymakers, herders, land managers, environmentalists, legislators, business people, scientists, civil society, youth, and women).
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its short-term spread around the world is a new and major threat to the agriculture and natural resources sector. The current policy and legal environment do not address support for herder households and the production, export, and import of livestock products. Therefore, current agriculture and natural resource policies need to be reviewed and updated to integrate with national measures to improve COVID-19 risk management and resilience.
"We need to realise that pastoralists are essential for food sovereignty as they are our food producers." Dinesh Rabari of MARAG and the South Asia Pastoralists Alliance.
THE ROLE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN PROTECTING OUR PLANET
In Asia, it is estimated to be more than 411 million people recognized to be indigenous peoples (IPs). They have developed their customary land use and tenure systems through generations of practices and experiences.
"If we do not own land, we won't be able to contribute to achieving food security. We need to keep the strong relationship we have with nature to produce food." Noraeri Thoungmuen, indigenous farmer from North Thailand.
However, the pandemic has also disproportionately affected Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in almost every aspect of their lives, posing severe health and socioeconomic risks, exacerbating underlying structural inequalities and discrimination which need to be specifically addressed in the response to this crisis with further vigor.
Therefore, the restoration of unhindered access to land, territories, and resources is the sole solution to food resilience and sovereignty just as the IP’s way of sustainable use of forest resources is the checkmate for climate change.
Learn from the experts!
- Budbaatar Ulambayar, Consultant, NFPUG Mongolia - Restoration of Pasture and Climate Change in Asia
- Sairagul Tazhibaeva, KAFLU Kyrgyzstan - Activities and innovations on Agroforestry for Family Farming in Central Asia
- Dinesh Rabari, MARAG India - Food Sovereignty in India
- Noraeri Thoungmuen, Indigenous Women’s Network of Thailand, a member of AIPP
- Devi Anggraini, Perempuan AMAN, a member of AIPP - Food Sovereignty vs. Development
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