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Common land, shared success in Kenya (Focus on)
A system of rangeland management in the southern Rift Valley of Kenya is attracting international interest. By dividing their land into zones for grazing, crops and conservation, Maasai pastoralists are striking a balance between nature and nurture.
Date published: November 2008
Ancient traditions, modern relevance (In pictures)
This edition's picture feature gives an insight into the lives of Maasai pastoralists in southern Kenya, who are keeping their ancient traditions alive, while embracing the modern age.
Date published: November 2008
Mongolia (Country profile)
With its harsh climate and sparsely populated landscape, nomadic pastoralism is one of Mongolia's key economic activities. Despite the turbulent transition to a market economy and numerous natural disasters, steps are being taken to reduce the vulnerability of livestock keepers.
Date published: May 2009
Pastoralists: moving with the times? (Focus on)
Pastoralists worldwide have been adapting to climate variability for millennia and their adaptability ought to enable them to cope with this growing challenge.
Date published: September 2009
Mapping the future (Developments)
In Kitengela, Kenya, the Masaai community have joined together with other organisations to create maps of Masaai land affected by rapid development. They have used maps generated by Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to prevent themselves from being pushed into further degraded land.
Date published: September 2006
Pastoralism: hidden in the Himalayas (Focus on)
In India, pastoralists use land which is otherwise uncultivable, increasing the amount of land available to an already expanding population. They also rear indigenous animal breeds, retaining rich genetic variety. However, pastoralist systems in India, as in other parts of the world, are under pressure.
Date published: May 2006
Crisis, what crisis? (Focus on)
Fish are an important source of both nutrition and employment in Africa, but fisheries and fishing communities are often overlooked in development planning. Seldom noticed by outsiders and frequently not addressed by policymakers, the livelihoods of fishing communities continue to be dangerous, unhealthy and economically precarious.
Date published: November 2005
Camels at a cross-roads: decline or development? (Focus on)
In Rajasthan, at the annual camel fair, the raika camel breeders are concerned about the future of the camel in India. Under a supreme court ruling, camels are no longer allowed to graze in wildlife reserves, and irrigated agriculture is taking away more grazing land. To survive, the camel breeders will have to accept some compromises.
Date published: January 2005
Targeting extension to a moving target (Focus on)
Reaching nomadic pastoralist communities with services, including extension, is usually difficult. In Kenya, FARM-Africa has used a Mobile Outreach approach, by which services are provided from a mobile camp which moves with the pastoralist groups.
Date published: May 2004
Pastoral visions: changing perceptions of pastoral lives (Developments)
A special touring photographic exhibition in Africa sets out to challenge perceptions, particularly at policy level, of the lives of pastoralists. The pictures, which were taken by amateur photographers, offer an interesting insight into the highs and lows experienced by pastoralists in their daily life.
Date published: January 2004

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