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A brief encounter with the camel culture of Saudi Arabia – and how camels replaced cattle during climate change some 5000 years ago

When I recently had the opportunity to travel to Saudi-Arabia, I jumped at the chance. After all, this country is the cradle of camel culture – the place where the human-dromedary relationship was first forged, more than 3000 years ago, … Continue reading

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Out of Australia (2): Camel dairying – a kinder approach to milk production?

The modern dairy sector is keeping supermarket shelves well stocked, but if you look behind the scenes it is often not a pretty picture: A glut of milk is depressing prices and forcing small and medium sized farmers to give … Continue reading

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Out of Australia (1): On the tracks of the Afghan Cameleers

Australia. In my quest for a solution to Rajasthan’s camel conundrum I absolutely had to go there. What’s the camel conundrum? Well, in brief, it’s the gloomy camel situation in Rajasthan: despite slaughter and export being prohibited, despite being a … Continue reading

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Vegetarianism/veganism not an option for people living in non-arable areas!

An article entitled Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers just published in Science magazine and widely broadcasted by The Guardian  and The Independent newspapers is making some  startling claims. For this monumental meta-study, the authors J. Poore and … Continue reading

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“Local breeds only give, they don’t take” – Interview with Dra. Maria Rosa Lanari

Recently I caught up with DraMaria Rosa Lanari, who coordinates the Genetic Resources Network of  Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), when she was on her way to the annual meeting of the EU funded  Project on Innovative Management … Continue reading

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Pastoralists and India’s Biological Diversity Act

An important group of “stakeholders” in India’s biodiversity falls through the gaps of the country’s Biodiversity Act and requires a special tool to document their knowledge and the genetic resources they steward. India’s biodiversity management strategy and action plan rests … Continue reading

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Livestock: The good, the bad, the ugly!

The trouble for livestock started with the publication in 2006 of  “Livestock’s Long Shadow”, the FAO’s detailed study of this sector’s startling environmental impact, identifying it as a major culprit in climate change, besides polluting rivers, oceans, groundwater and the … Continue reading

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Pastoralists of the World, speak up – and prepare your Biocultural Community Protocols!

It is often said – and given as a reason for disparaging pastoralism – that young people do not want to become pastoralists. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, that is often the case. Pastoralism is hard work, and in the absence of … Continue reading

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Somalis, droughts, and women power: Impressions from Kenya’s thriving camel sector

Kenya’s camel population has been sky-rocketing in recent decades – from less than one million around the turn of the millennium to an estimated 3.1 million currently. So what’s the secret? Why does the Kenyan situation differ from that in … Continue reading

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Old World Camels in the New World

Dromedary and Bactrian camels are Old World species, with Camelus dromedarius being an animal of the Old World Arid Zone belt that stretches from Mauretania in the west to Rajasthans Aravalli Hills in the east, while Camelus bactrianus is a … Continue reading

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