Small scaled family farming plays a multidimensional role, ensure not only livelihood but play a pivotal role in biodiversity conservation. Such farmers judiciously use the weeds and herbs grow along with the crops and use the crop residues as animal feed. Here are some pictures, I shot in my hometown Borai, Loralai which show us the beauty of this unique farming system. The farmer told me that he never used any pesticides and chemical fertilizer.
Vegetables are grown at the orchard, providing rich and safe food for the family.
More plants and animals diversity is placed on a smaller piece of land with the highest productivity and the whole family depends on this farm in one or other way.
The almond tree with heavy production
Almond catch good prices and also a source of family food in winter
Alfalfa for cow (milking)
Some green chilies are the integral part of the food
The idea of ‘eating less and adaptation of slow food pattern’ need to be supported and promoted. The more we consume, the more is the hike in problems (warming, poor health, and other catastrophes). Such problems and climate change are very much linked with the quantity, quality, and pattern of consumption, in all ways from food to energy.People’s Animal Agriculture and Low Carbon Livestock
The Values of Life Must be Discussed Again
The values of life we have accepted to be true since decades need to be analyzed and discussed again. I have been challenging those values. An endless growth is not possible (how big we can be?) with finite resources and a finite capacity of our earth to store carbon and tolerate heat. Endless growth is not possible when it makes those most vulnerable suffer (the small scaled rural farmer) even more when it undermines the social system. We do not only need to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies but we have to change our perspective on our energy consumption and even feeding the habit.
The Peoples’ Agriculture is the Solution
Let’s promote people’s agriculture and respect the values and knowledge of the communities (their knowledge is sound as evolved since unknown ages, in tune environmental conditions and the consumers’ demands) and to involve them in research and development policies.
I love the concept of the people’s agriculture and intelligence. Here are some great pictures for your eyes, my precious reader. The people agriculture is low carbon livestock. The pictures tell how useful and sustainable is such type of husbandry. It is raised locally and consume locally, the great job the people doing.
The unique sheep breed of central Balochistan with promising milk yield potential. The keepers keep the animals like their family member. Look, they have made an artistic hair/wool cut
The landscape is one of the most beautiful among the scenic views in Pakistan. The sheep breed has fine wool and have a promising compensatory growth.
I found a very useful link to a blog from my friend page, it will be very informative for those who are the beginners in the people’s agriculture Low carbon livestock.
Food for Thought
The climate change along with growing desertification consequence in the adoption of new strategies, for the native livestock keepers’, adaptation is the best tactic. Unfortunately, the so-called policy makers are not that much in tune as the rural indigenous people of the bush are. These sensible livestock keepers know how to materialize livestock agriculture sustainably as; to satisfy versatile requirements of the owner/community and ensure its own life whereas depending on available natural resources (the people wisdom).
The strategies adopted by the native/indigenous people are highly useful to guarantee sustainable farming systems under climate change scenario. Their knowledge is based on centuries’ long experience and evolved with the natural phenomena; making it the treasurable heritage of humanity. They evolve their practice/systems in tune with the prevailing conditions, availability of the natural resources and the consumers demand their products to judicially use the livestock genetic resources. The native livestock keepers deserve the right place and share in the research and development strategies adopted for the agriculture sector of a country.
Imagine the villagers/people who keep their animals as the companion and member of the family. Such culture is still sustaining if not thriving in Africa, Asia, and South America.
But here is another good news, the migrants coming from the peoples’ agricultural background are rebirthing the people’s agriculture. Their rural background bringing a positive change in the forgotten rural regions of the Europe.
Wars are not grown naturally like plants but engineered by some greedy minds and war mongers to steal the diverse types of resources, both in kind and value. In short, war is a milking cow for ill minds and greedy bellies.
I dream of the world where nobody plays with anybody’s health, food, emotions, status, and fate. What do you think? Is it possible? I think yes, with the people’s role, people politics, people agriculture, people intelligence.