`Pas­toral­ism benefits hu­man­ity'

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - A RE­CENT

United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme ( re­port says that pas­toral­ism—the tra­di­tional way of live­stock rear­ing on ran­ge­lands—is ben­e­fi­cial to hu­man­ity. The re­port, ti­tled Pas­toral­ism and the Green Econ­omy: A Nat­u­ral Nexus?, says the prac­tice should be en­cour­aged for a suc­cess­ful global tran­si­tion to green econ­omy. It shows that sus­tain­able pas­toral­ism on desert grass­lands, wood­lands and steppes main­tains soil fer­til­ity, con­trib­utes to wa­ter reg­u­la­tion and pro­motes bio­di­ver­sity. The re­port calls for the estab­lish­ment of a global devel­op­ment frame­work to en­dorse this tra­di­tional method of live­stock rear­ing. The pa­per was re­leased at the third sci­en­tific con­fer­ence of the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion to Com­bat De­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion in Can­cun, Mex­ico, re­cently.

VER­BA­TIM - Jos Graziano da Silva, Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral, Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion, UN

"Over 80 per cent of world agri­cul­ture is as rain­de­pen­dent as 10,000 years ago"

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