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Pastoralism and agro-pastoralism

ICIMOD’s work on pastoralism and agro-pastoralism in high altitude areas have focused on rangeland management; rangeland forage restoration; biodiversity conservation; social aspects of pastoralism and managing common pool resources; developing co-management of pastoralism in the six countries of HKH; off-farm income generation using yak and its cross-breeds in tourism; and developing livestock-based value chains, especially high value yak products.

ICIMOD has been able to influence policy processes in developing rangeland policies in Bhutan, Nepal and two mountain provinces of Pakistan. Co-management approaches in rangelands developed by ICIMOD have also been adopted in Sichuan Province and Tibet in China.  A recent book published by ICIMOD on “Yak on the Move” is a good example of presenting knowledge development on pastoralism, yak-related livelihoods and rangeland management.

Pastoralism, agro-pastoralism and shifting cultivation in particular are sustained through traditional systems of accessing and managing common pool resources. Therefore mountain agriculture is unique in many ways, and demands a farming systems development approach.

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