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Pastoralism in South Asia

Countries of south Asia - India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan - contain many groups making their living mainly by raising livestock extensively on pastures, often migrating seasonally between  the high altitude Himalayas to the plains. A Special Issue on this topic was commissioned by Pastoralism in 2021.  Seven research case studies are now published whose first authors are scholars and scientists from the south Asian region – India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan.  The peoples and places include migratory Kinnaura and local herders using the Pin valley in Himachal Pradesh, India; Gaddis of Himachal Pradesh and the Van Gujjars of Uttarakhand, India; agropastoral Gaddis in Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, India; transhumant agropastoralists in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan; agropastoralists in Madi Chitwan, Nepal; Dokpa pastoralists of North Sikkim, India; and pastoralists using Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve and buffer zone, Bhutan.

  1. Animal husbandry of agropastoral communities in the mountainous region of Leh, Ladakh, has been transformed in response to socio-economic and geo-political changes. This study investigates the current state of...

    Authors: Padma Ladon, Marcus Nüsser and Satish Chandra Garkoti
    Citation: Pastoralism 2023 13:30
  2. Rangelands are increasingly being affected by climatic variations, fragmentation and changes in livestock management practices. Along with resource competition between livestock and wildlife, disease transmiss...

    Authors: Munib Khanyari, Sarah Robinson, E. J. Milner-Gulland, E. R. Morgan, Rashmi Singh Rana and Kulbhushansingh R. Suryawanshi
    Citation: Pastoralism 2022 12:44
  3. Management of grassland is one of the important factors in traditional livestock farming systems. A survey was conducted in Madi of Chitwan Nepal to understand the perceptions of the farmers/graziers about gra...

    Authors: Shanker Raj Barsila, Niraj Prakash Joshi, Tuk Narayan Poudel, Badrika Devkota, Naba Raj Devkota and Dev Raj Chalise
    Citation: Pastoralism 2022 12:40
  4. The pastoral practices of the Dokpa herders of North Sikkim have been transforming in response to the geo-political and socio-economic changes in the region. Against the backdrop of these changes, this study a...

    Authors: Nisam Mang Luxom, Rashmi Singh, Laktsheden Theengh, Priyadarshinee Shrestha and Rishi Kumar Sharma
    Citation: Pastoralism 2022 12:37