GRAVIS improved community-based silvi-pasture in Osian block with the support of ICARDA

What's Going on at GRAVIS

Increasing desertification and deforestation is major concern in western Rajasthan. Due to recurring droughts and famines, the number of cattle decreased significantly. But, the hardy animals like goat and sheep increased to a substantial level, due to their ability to consume less palatable species and graze closer to the ground. State-owned rangelands on which the cattle used to graze have decreased due to degradation as well as encroachment of cultivation. The forest area in the region is also in poor shape and does not serve as a significant forage source. As a result, the total pasture area in the region has been reduced over the past four decades. If this trend continues, more grazing land will be lost which will force agro-pastoralists to migrate with their cattle. To alleviate the gap in feed resources and enhance the resilience of the agro-pastoral production system, GRAVIS has developed a silvi-pasture improvement activity…

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Camel Journey~ Some More Updates from Australia

Natural Health with the Camel Milk

In previous article I told you about the camel work in Australia shared by Hannah Purs. Here are some more updates by her again. She wrote as;

Camel Introduction to Australia

Camels were introduced and adapted by Afghan cameleers in Australia. That time almost 20000 camels along with 2000 cameleers were brought to Australia for different purposes of work. The details can be seen in the link below.

Australia is blessed to be home to the world’s largest population of free roaming dromedary camels, animals that have been effectively quarantined against typical camel ailments found in the rest of the world since the early 1900s. In 2008 Desert Knowledge, an Alice Springs based organization, put together an estimate of wild camel numbers in Australia, they spread far and wide that there was around 1 million camels in Australia. Later on camel shooting suggestion came on the ground.20150225_111411

For details please go to the link;

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The ‘garden-in-a-sack’ concept to alleviate hunger and malnutrition


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Kenyans Attack Food Insecurity with Urban Farms and Sack Gardens

By Lisa Vives

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In the midst of one of Africa’s largest slums, vegetables are growing.

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‘White gold’ improves lives of women in western Tanzania

Access to a reliable dairy market and good market prices of milk has transformed the lives of dairy farmers in Kahama District in Tanzania’s Lake zone of Shinyanga.

ILRI Clippings

milk at a chilling plant

By Mercy Becon

Access to a reliable dairy market and good market prices of milk has transformed the lives of dairy farmers in Kahama District in Tanzania’s Lake zone of Shinyanga. These farmers are beneficiaries of a World Vision Tanzania (WVT) initiative to improve farmers’ lives by developing dairy farming.

According to an article published in, World Vision Tanzania ‘trained the selected rural communities on artificial insemination, increasing the number of improved dairy cattle that have replaced the indigenous cattle which proved to be less effective in milk production’.

To escape poverty, farmers decided to form a dairy cattle keepers’ association for collective action such as sourcing of markets for their dairy products. WVT also established a small-scale milk processing plant, which has greatly increased milk processing in the area and enabled farmers to sell their milk in distant areas.

One female farmer, Rose Kasubi, who owns two…

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Camel Ensures Sustainable Productivity

Natural Health with the Camel Milk

The atrocities of climate change are emerging with multi-dimensional outcomes in different parts of the world with different intensities and level of losses. The historical Bactria region1 (Also, Arya) is one of the worst affected ecosystem. 800px-Greco-BactrianKingdomMapThis region is the historical home place of some very precious livestock species and cradle of domestication2. The region is the birth place of Bactrain camel, Yak, sheep, goat and horses. The regions is well known for its sheep and cattle culture mainly depending on grasses. In the due course of speedy climate change, the rangelands of the the region lost many grass varieties and quantity produced per unit of land. Low rain falls, erratic rains, rains beyond proper timing are the main drivers of the climate change and hot spells are catalysts in this regards.camel pic

The sheep and cattle industry of the indigenous breeds is under threat. The drought cycles hit…

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