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Tropentag, September 14 - 16, 2022, Prague

"Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers' and academia's views."

Second edition of the “perspectives on pastoralism” film festival

Ann Waters-Bayer1, Margareta Lelea2, Hussein Wario3

1Agrecol Association, Germany
2German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL), Germany
3Center for Research and Development in Drylands, Research, Kenya


The Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralists (CELEP) would like to present the second edition of the “Perspectives on Pastoralism” Film Festival as part of the Tropentag 2022 conference in Prague. The first edition of the film festival was launched at the Tropentag held in Kassel in 2019.

The film-selection team comes from the Agrecol Association for AgriCulture & Ecology and the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) in Germany; Veterinarians without Borders (Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, VSF) in Belgium; the Centre for Research and Development in Drylands in Kenya; the Africa Wildlife Foundation in Uganda; and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in South Africa.

Widespread misunderstanding about pastoralism has often left it undervalued and a victim of uninformed policies. The film festival seeks to raise awareness and inform about pastoralism as a sustainable nature-based production system and thus a form of agroecology that is ideally suited for drylands and mountainous regions – and for the climatic and economic uncertainties of today.

The film festival will deepen understanding of how diverse peoples across the world gain their livelihoods from extensive livestock production. The relationships between pastoralist people, their animals and their food production systems reflect an intimate intertwining of culture, economy and ecology in highly variable environments, where the mobility of the herds plays a key role.

The films selected for Tropentag 2022 will focus on ecologically appropriate use of natural resources, the rights of pastoralists to continue to use and steward these resources, and the challenges that pastoralists face in maintaining and developing their livelihood systems.

Keywords: Agroecology, films, food production, pastoralism

Contact Address: Ann Waters-Bayer, Agrecol Association, Rohnsweg 56, 37085 Göttingen, Germany, e-mail: waters-bayer@web.de

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