GMO Law Review Articles (Including Notes and Comments) — Ban GMOs Now Blog


Originally posted on Ban GMOs Now: “The pursuit of food security faces an uncertain future.Biocultural community protocols: tools for securing the assets of livestock keepers In the absence of a robust consumer rights framework, both farmers and consumers are heading into a future replete with unsafe and insecure food. Moreover, if the federal regulatory framework…

Beef Cattle Fattening for Eid ul Adha


An entrepreneur to harvest superfluous income Karachi is the hub of the economic activities of Pakistan. The home of many industries and business offices, Karachiates spend extra money to buy unique and special items. The people of Karachi buy charming and beautiful bulls for qurbani (Eid ul Adha) Islamic ritual and pay many times more…

Modern Reproductive Technology in Commercial Dairy Farm in Karach


As discussed in the previous blog; https://arkbiodiv.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/commercial-dairying-in-karachi-city-of-pakistan/ The farm is practicing embryo transfer technology at the farm. They have already produced 12 male and 8 female calves (now in breeding age). They have some more females with lesser ages. The embryo of HF was used for this purpose and the recipient mother was from Cholistani…

Policy Level Initiatives are Needed for Camel Milk in Pakistan


Camels4Life.... Advocacy for camel keepers is the immense need of time. They should take on board while making policies for food and agriculture, especially about camels. When I started camel research in 2005, very little  information was available on the camel in Pakistan. Very few among the city dwellers were aware of the peculiarities of…

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

Smallscale livestock keeping – a sustainable future?


Livestock keeping is often portrayed as a pathway out of poverty, particularly for the landless poor. However, in recent years, concern has grown that standard approaches to poverty alleviation for livestock keepers are failing to produce the promised benefits, with producers facing increasing challenges from land grabbing, cheap imports and climate change.In response, the League…

Resilience of Native livestock to climate change in the context of Mongolia


A friend through DAD-Net email list commented on the pastoral livestock of Mongolia in the context of climate change. "Scientists of many countries agree that more than 60% of natural disasters occurred worldwide are associated with global climatic change. The air temperature around the surface of earth increased by 1.50C in the last 50 years…

Livestock for Futures and Global Agenda of Action (GAA)


Livestock for Futures and Global Agenda of Action (GAA) There is ever increasing demand for meat, milk and other livestock products because of crawling urbanization, developing economies, population pressure and awareness about livestock based food stuffs (contrary to developed countries, where the people are minimizing usage of animal products, especially meat). Up to 2050, there…

World Day of Desertification~ Making drylands more resilient with a CASCADE of new research


People who live in drylands know that they can cope with scarcity of water up to a point, but sometimes their way of life becomes just too difficult to continue. It is the same with natural and agricultural ecosystems. Plants and animals need water and also tend to depend on one another to some extent.…

DesertNet International


DesertNet International

AIMS of DesertNet International 

As a network, we

  • provide a platform for scientific discussions and exchange of ideas, foster cutting edge science, identify topics and research areas,
  • identify and document scientific state of the art of the main topics in desertification assessment, risk evaluation, mitigation and restoration,
  • identify and articulate the economic drivers and the socio-economic consequences of desertification,
  • integrate scientific findings across disciplines, translate into common language and communicate scientific findings, and
  • work in and on affected areas worldwide.


As a think tank, we communicate with stakeholders and policy-makers. We

  • identify minimum consensus on consolidated knowledge,
  • evaluate scientific knowledge for stakeholders and policy makers,
  • disseminate knowledge, 
  • respond to demands for assessment and information needs address knowledge gaps,
  • translate knowledge to improve governance,
  • and identify issues and priorities for stakeholders and public policies.

World Camel Day (June 22)


Indigenous/local livestock Species/breeds are well adapted to the dry and marginal lands of the world. Such breeds use the scarce resources of such lands and produce high valued and precious products for food. Among such adapted livestock species, camel is the most important one and is well appreciated in this regards.  Camel is highly adapted…

Camel Fairs in Pakistan: A Case Study from Mangrota of Pakistan


Camel plays a very pivotal role in the life of the people of the northeastern Balochistan (Suleiman  mountainous region). The camel herders graze their camel herds all around the year on the woody vegetation of the mountains and in the month of October, they separate the camels ready for sale. The ready for sale animals are then moved…

World Donkey Day (May 8)


Donkey is very useful, important and precious animal genetic resource for food and agriculture. Donkey plays pivotal role in the livelihood earning of the million people of the world. Donkey is widely use for pastoral movement, carting, agricultural operations and recreation purposes. There is wide intra and in breed diversity. Such diversity is based on…