Sustainable land management technologies: agro-pastoralism
Sustainable Land Management contribution to successful land-based climate change adaptation and mitigation: A report of the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI)
Agro-pastoralism is the integration of crop production and livestock production, and is practiced amongst settled, nomadic, and transhumant communities. The type of livestock kept by agro-pastoralists varies according to culture, climate, environment, natural resource availability, and geographical area, and includes cattle, camels, goats, sheep, yaks, horses, llamas, alpacas, reindeer and vicunas.
According to the report on sustainable land management (SLM) by the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI), agro-pastoralism is a climate change mitigation option. Depending on land suitability, stocking density, and other factors, it has the potential to improve productivity, reduce soil erosion, and improve nutrient and water use efficiency. Agro-pastoralism could also indirectly enhance resilience and land-based climate change mitigation by reducing grazing pressures elsewhere.
Examples of SLM best practices in agro-pastoralism
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