Drylands / Environment / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Rangelands

Making the case for new data on rangelands

“What if much of the basic information being used to describe approximately half of the world’s land surface dated from as far back as the 1960s? (And, is ‘approximately half’ even still a correct estimation?)” This is the question asked by writer Gloria Pallares in her recent post on rangelands in the Global Landscapes Forum’s Landscape … Continue reading

Biodiversity / Climate change / Drylands / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Rangelands

Rangelands and drylands go global at the Global Landscapes Forum

Mary Letirok, a pastoralist from Oldonyiro, Kenya, describes a changing landscape threatens her livelihood. She calls for urgent landscape restoration to bring back the rain and vegetation her community’s livestock need to survive. Rangelands and drylands, together with the people whose lives and livelihood upon them, are often forgotten in global discussions. But at the “Restore … Continue reading

Drylands / Environment / ICARDA / LIVESTOCKCRP / North Africa / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Tunisia

A new comprehensive rangeland management tool for dryland areas can help promote sustainable land use

Written by Judy Kimani and Mounir Louhaichi What is often under-appreciated and at times not recognized is that rangelands are vast and varied ecosystems that provide valuable resources such as vegetation, water and soils. These contribute significantly towards improving livelihoods, offering income sources, food and nutrition security, trade and tourism. Yet these resources are continuously … Continue reading

Biodiversity / Climate change / Drylands / Environment / ILRI / LIVESTOCKCRP / Pastoralism / Rangelands / SLS

Putting drylands and rangelands on the agenda of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Catch us at the Global Landscapes Forum in New York City on 28 September 2019 On 1st March this year, the UN General Assembly announced the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. This upcoming decade offers a window of opportunity to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a means to … Continue reading

Drylands / Environment / FFD / Forages / ICARDA / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / North Africa / Pastoralism / Rangelands / Research / Tunisia

Traditional grazing-management practice makes an impact in southern Tunisia

[Written by Mouldi Gamoun, Jutta Werner, and Mounir Louhaichi, ICARDA] Degradation of rangelands is a major global concern, but land degradation processes in the rangelands are poorly understood. This lack of understanding has contributed to poorly-informed interventions and policies that have sometimes exacerbated degradation. Rangeland can become degraded due to crop cultivation, over-exploitation of livestock, over-extraction … Continue reading

Afghanistan / Animal feeding / Asia / Drylands / Feeds / Forages / Gender / ICARDA / KIT / Legumes / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Rangelands / South Asia / Value chains / Women

Forage options for smallholder livestock in water-scarce environments of Afghanistan

This week, stakeholders from an ACIAR-funded project met to assess the systemic and gendered opportunities and constraints for innovation in forage value chains in Afghanistan, with a focus on Baghlan province. Continue reading