Since the fall of communism, nomads in Mongolia have had many difficulties selling their production and continuing to live off of livestock farming. This situation, which has been aggravated by the country's very harsh climate and the effects of climate change, is putting the nomadic culture and the way of life at risk. And yet, the nomadic way of life is the system that is best suited to this difficult zone. AVSF is therefore working to support these people in the hopes of preserving their heritage.
There are three major things we can do to improve the living conditions of livestock farmers:
We are organizing training sessions and awareness-raising sessions for the various issues mentioned above. In doing so, we are providing strong technical support for innovative, income-generating activities (combed yak fiber, market gardening, etc.) and concrete activities for improving the health of the livestock. For example, we are carrying out an activity in a pilot zone for treating brucellosis and another activity whereby we are introducing selected reproducers. AVSF also works with partner livestock-farmer organizations in order to help them operate autonomously and democratically. We want these organizations to be able to influence authorities at both the local and national levels.