Pastoralist livelihoods in the contemporary world depend on the sale of livestock or livestock products and are thus intricately bound up with local and increasingly global markets. The world is seeing a steady rise in demand for livestock products, but pastoralists risk being left behind in this \"livestock revolution\". Reasons include a poor fit between pastoralists' objectives in selling their livestock and the demands of the market, and long and risky marketing chains.
The regulatory system for international livestock trade requires proof of the disease-free status of geographical areas, proof that is difficult for exporters and governments to provide, especially for remote areas. An alternative, of proving that commodities pose a minimal risk of disease transmission, is now being proposed.
This briefing was based on a series of 8 Pastoralism Information Notes produced under the overall supervision of John Morton of the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich. Each briefing presents the context, policy implications, ways forward and evidence of change.
WRENmedia, Eye, UK, 2 pp.