`Pastoralism benefits humanity'
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"