CfP works across India on collaborative programs to enhance pastoralist livelihood security, obtain mainstream recognition of livestock breeds developed by pastoral communities, explore ways of securing their access to grazing resources, promote research to enhance understanding of pastoralism and outreach to educate the public on their concerns and their socioeconomic and cultural contributions.
While we divide our work into five broad categories, there are obvious overlaps between these. Our work on pastoral breeds, for example, is strongly linked to our livelihoods-related work for the simple reason that pastoralists develop breeds in order to maximize on quite specific characteristics - such as the production of milk, wool or meat. Our work on reducing herder-snow leopard conflict in the Himalaya also has a strong breed connection since traditional sheep breeds had a far stronger predator avoidance instinct compared with the hybrids that they have been replaced with. Returns on herding are clearly dependent on having access to markets, but equally, if not more so, they are dependent on securing access to grazing. Herder lives do not exist in the silos represented below -- we use these merely as a means of describing our work.