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Nomadism: An economic and social system based on pastoralism with a non-sedentary way of life. Nomads migrate with their herds taking their household and extended family with them. They follow...

I have created a slide show with faces from the Global Gathering of Women Pastoralists. More to come. [slideshare id=6260343&doc=facesfromtheglobalgatheringofwomenpastoralists-101220092203-phpapp02]...

Many people wrote me over the last month, upset that I did not  write more about what was happening at the Global Gathering for Women Pastoralists. I apologise for that but with limited internet access, limited time, sketchy power outlets, so much work and, quite frankly, so many cooler things to do, the writing took a back seat. I will be starting on the final report once the holidays are over and will be sure to post some reflections, especially as they relate to the election of the focal points to the Civil Society Mechanism. In the mean time, back in Barcelona, and working to finish a report on food sovereignty and global governance, I came across this descriptive paragraph from the FAO Discussion Paper Towards Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and Other Natural Resources.
Governance is the process of governing. It is the way in which society is managed and how the competing priorities and interests of different groups are reconciled. It includes the formal institutions of government but also informal arrangements. Governance is concerned with the processes by which citizens participate in decision-making, how government is accountable to its citizens and how society obliges its members to observe its rules and laws. Governance comprises the mechanisms and processes for citizens and groups to articulate their interests, mediate their differences, and exercise their legal rights and obligations. It is the rules, institutions, and practices that sets limits and provides incentives for individuals, organizations and firms.
To this definition we can also add the rules and practices that set limits and incentive for governments.

Tenure reflects the power structure in society. Because land and other natural resources are central to social and cultural identity and economic wealth, tenure arrangements in a society develop in...

[caption id="attachment_260" align="alignright" width="300" caption="NGOs and CSOs participate in the Committee on World Food Security`s 36th Session"][/caption] From Chris Leather (Oxfam): ... Be a part of the NGO Constituency within the "International Food Security and Nutrition Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)". Please read the following background information and let us know if you would like to be a member of the NGO Constituency.
[caption id="attachment_252" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Maize Crop in a GMO-free zone , Basque Country, France"][/caption] A coalition of European social movements, farmers organisations, and NGOs demand to put access to quality affordable food and fair market prices for farmers at core the of EU agriculture and food policy. Proposals from the European Commission to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013 show signs of fairer distribution of subsidies, according to the coalition. [1]
Woman Pastoralist (Image from www.maragindia.org)
Yesterday the Mera Declaration was adopted by the Global Gathering of Women Pastoralists.  I facilitated the Declaration working and drafting group and I can say that the women worked hard to ensure that the declaration addressed all of the key issues facing women pastoralists today. The result is a declaration outlining their commitment to continue to protect ecological biodiversiy and to forward equitable and just pastoralist societies.

“Pastoralist societies face more threats to their way of life now than at any previous time. Population growth; loss of herding lands to private farms, ranches, game parks, and urban areas; increased commoditization of the livestock economy; out-migration by poor pastoralists; and periodic dislocations brought about by drought, famine, and civil war are increasing in pastoralist regions of the world.” Fraktin, Elliot. 1997. “Pastoralism: Governance and Development Issues” in Annual Review of Anthropology. 26:235-261.