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Ark of livestock biodiversity

‘Biodiversity and local knowledge’ project winner

The winner of the call for projects from IDDRI and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is the League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development, working to promote a label for foods from three groups of pastoral nomads in India, Pakistan and Kenya, highlighting their ancestral skills.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Ark of livestock biodiversity
© Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

Nomadic peoples are guardians of biodiversity, managing livestock, producing milk, leather and meat through optimal use of the resources available in their local ecosystems. Yet their survival is threatened in many regions: ancestral lands are annexed, expert knowledge is disregarded. The League for Pastoral Peoples (LPP) scheme, cited by the scientific committee for its quality and originality, will highlight the resources and expertise of three such groups in India, Pakistan and Kenya. Their pastoral methods, and the nutritional and medicinal properties of their produce, will be analysed by researchers to support the creation of a food label protecting and showcasing their local origins, ensuring the survival of their livestock, and respecting the social and environmental factors underpinning their traditional lifestyles. Information campaigns will target decision-makers and the private sector, raising awareness of investment opportunities in controlled appellation labels of this type. The pastoralists will retain control of their systems of production, and the label will give consumers enhanced product information, encouraging them to lobby governments to act in support of traditional local communities.

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