Landless Pastoralists Research Project

This project aimed to analyse the multi-stakeholder-environment relationships and found ways of improving the long distance landless herder livelihoods. Photo: Henri Rueff

The project was located in the Himalayan-Hindukush mountain range in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northern Pakistan. This mountainous environment is mainly suitable for livestock production systems. One such system – the long distance landless herder (LDLH) transhumant system – is being compromised by many processes, causing a siege-like situation for affected pastoralists. Rapid population growth has led to the expansion of cultivated and built land at the expense of key pastures. Conservation projects have excluded the LDLH from previous grazing lands. National policies and the existing legal framework favour landowners over mobile herders. Difficult access to services such as veterinary, health, education, and legal support has further marginalised the LDLH. The LDLH transhumant system and the changes and processes affecting it have scarcely been studied to date. This project aimed to analyse these complex multi-stakeholder–environment relationships and find ways of improving LDLH livelihoods. Implementation of relevant policy measures was being negotiated with local authorities.

Project duratoin: 2009 - 2012

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This project had memoranda of understanding with:

  • Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Peshawar
  • Directorate General Livestock and Dairy Development Department Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Peshawar
  • University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore



Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)