By livestock farming we refer to a human activity based on the management of domestic animals for various purposes production for the market, self-consumption, savings, milk production, fertiliser, draught, rituals, social status...), relying on diverse economic models (industrial, entrepreneurial, family-farms, ...). Livestock farming could be part of diverse systems of activities (from specialized to multiple activities), and set up by heterogeneous communities (families, employees ...). At the local scale we are particularly interested in examining the diversity and the dynamics of farming patterns and functions of livestock farming activity as well as technical, social, cultural and economic practices of the breeders.
The concept of "territory" can be seen here as a useful concept to enrich global approaches and continental land use studies (commonly developed to analyse the main issues around livestock farming) with approaches focusing on local dynamics and development. Territories as used here is based on Brunetâ€™s (1992) definition: "territory is a stretch of area used and managed by human societies". This definition thus embeds "territory" in the disciplinary field that associates nature and society and factors in their relationships. It confers upon "territory" a double dimension: a physical-spatial dimension and the other which is socially constructed. Territory is considered here at the local level i.e. the level which allows for a system of interconnections and interrelationships between actors.
Within the framework of his Global Agenda of Actions, the FAO organized a Workshop for the Focus Area “Restoring value to grasslands”.
7-10 May 2012, Brasilia, Brazil
The objective of the workshop was to identify practical steps to prepare an initial Action program of the GAA.
The LiFLoD network was present and has some representatives: researchers, NGO members...