How Pastoralists across India are Affected by the COVID-19 Lockdown & Solutions to Sustain Livelihoods

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published Published on Apr 20, 2020   modified Modified on Apr 22, 2020

-Centre for Pastoralism, dated 20th April, 2020

There are an estimated 30-35 million pastoralists distributed across several states in the country. These communities manage a wide range of livestock, through long-distance migrations that often span multiple states. India’s wool, leather, meat and milk economies are directly or indirectly linked to these communities. This report attempts to capture core problems confronting these communities with the COVID lockdown and identifies solutions to help them sustain their livelihood during and post the lockdown in May 2020.

It is based on interactions with pastoralists and members of civil society organisations in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana, and media reports. Given the difficulties of establishing contact with mobile pastoralist communities, the report does not attempt to be comprehensive. It is a sampling of different communities, located in different parts of the country. The objective is to provide an overview of the kinds of issues pastoralists confront under this unprecedented lockdown. Where possible, we have provided names of communities, their locations and the specific issues they are dealing with. We have highlighted instances where proactive government action has eased conditions for these communities.

Please click here to access the status report.

* Prepared by Centre for Pastoralism with inputs from the Himachal Ghumantu Pashupalak Mahasaba (Himachal Pradesh), Van Panchayat Sangharsh Morcha (Uttarakhand), WASSAN (Telangana), Centre for People’s Collective and ANTHRA (Maharashtra), URMUL and Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan (Rajasthan), Sahjeevan (Gujarat) & Indigenous Livestock Society.

Centre for Pastoralism, dated 20th April, 2020

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