Secure Herders Livelihoods

Our Mission, to Protect Animal Welfare and Security of Herder Livelihood
through Maintaining the Integrity of Fragile Rangeland Ecosystem.

Our Heritage's our future ... ♥

Nomadic herders have been grazing Cashmere goats on Mongolia’s rangelands for over 4.500 years, and they now produce about 40% of global worldwide Cashmere Fiber.

Sustainable development of Nomadic Livestock Husbandry is the basis of securing the integrity of Environmental well-being of Mongolia, for it constitutes 70% of total land territory management, and providing domestic processing industry with Sustainable Raw Materials, to continue Securing Job Places for half of the population; women moreover account to 70% of the workforce at processing mills.

Women account to 70% of the workforce at processing mills, and are increasingly managing Nomadic Herders' Households & Cooperatives incomes and trainings to Sustainable Herding.

By granting Nomadic Herders a premium price for their certified “Sustainable Cashmere” we build their economic well-being, preventing new herder generations from moving to city slums, ensuring they’ll be able to carry their precious Nomadic Heritage Traditions for generations to come.

Profits generated by MNFPUG’s Sustainable Cashmere trading are reinvested onto social projects at participating AIMAG (PROVINCE)s (Provinces), and at Nomadic Herder Cooperatives and Pastor User Groups.


Sustainable rangeland Management

  • 1.060 PUGs established Rangeland use agree­ments.
  • 10 Million Hectars Degraded Rangeland under regular rotations for recovery
  • Out of which 4 Million Hectars have recovered
  • 10.000 Hectars of hay making area protected
  • 300 manual and 100 deep water engineer wells rehabilitated
  • 2.000 gravity irrigation is rehabilitated for forage and hay production
  • 100 km rangeland roads made to access to about
  • 200.000 unused rangelands.

Disaster Risk Management

  • Hay making has increased 20 times
  • Forage planting has increased by 15 times
  • 1.600 Nomadic Herder families rehabilitated their winter shelters for animals
  • 18 Soums established Rangeland Risk Fund with 270 Million MNT
  • Herders contributed 165.2 million MNT
  • Local government 38.2 ca  Million MNT
  • Green Gold AHP 65.0 Million MNT

Herders participation of Local Governance increased

  • Number of herders elected in Saum Citizens meeting increased 10 times
  • 100 PUGs and herders projects supported by LDFs
  • 15 APUGs and 5 APUGs  implementing projects mandated by soum and
    aimag governments
  • 25 herders cooperatives received Soft Loans and Technical Assistance from Ministry of Agriculture and Light Industry (MOFALI) and Local Regional Governments
  • Rangeland Management Working Groups established in 18 Aimags and 169 Soums, with representatives of MNFPUG, Aimag  Federations and Local Government  Agencies

Herders raw material supply coorporatives

  • 70 New Herders Raw Material Supply Cooperatives formed
  • 12.471 Members Herders contribution 515 Million MNT 
  • Total Collective Equity 1.9 Billion MNT
  • 170.0 Million MNT dividends distributed to member Nomadic Herders Households
  • Long Term Partnership contracts signed with 15 domestic and international buyers

Herders Saving and Credit Cooperatives

  • PUGs Matching Funds created in 125 Soums, with Total Asset of 3,7 Billion MNT 33 
  • SCCs created out of mature MFs
  • Members 7.000
  • Members contribution 640 million MNT
  • Total equity including savings 5.6 Billion MNT
  • 102 Million MNT interest rate income in 2019
  • 25.0 million MNT is distributed as dividends
  • 55.900 Nomadic Herder Households received
  • 6.9 Billion MNT loans (overlapping)

+ Our Activities in short

FORMATION AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL PASTURE USER GROUP OF HERDER: Organizing Nomadic Herders into (local) Pasture User Groups for Sustainable Management of Shared Publich Rangelands and their Capacity Development.

DEVELOPMENT OF HERDER ORGANIZATIONS AT NATIONAL LEVEL: Facilitate organization and development of Soum (provinces) associations of Pasture User Groups and Aimag (regions) Federation of Pasture User Groups of Herders (MNFPUG Union), as a Collective and Civil Society Organization for PUGs’ formation, and development of Nomadic Herders Marketing Cooperatives, and Savings & Credit Cooperatives.

HERDER HUB: Provides knowledge management and training platforms for APUGs, AFeds, cooperatives and provide services to Nomadic Herder Households.

E-HERDER: Expand Cooperation and Communication among Nomadic Herder Households through e-technology.

HERDERS MATCHING FUNDS: Promote Nomadic Herder Savings, better Cash Flow Management, formation of Nomadic Herders Matching Funds and Capacity Development.

GREEN LOAN PROGRAM: Provide Nomadic Herders with acces to Low-interest Rate Soft Loans

MICROCREDIT: Financing small Projects aimed at building Capacity of Nomadic Herder Cooperatives and creating Local Brand products. Promoting local Livestock Production, select and support small projects on Environment-Friendly production activities.

CAPACITY BUILDING FOR HERDER WOMEN: Develop skills and income, generation of new opportunities for Nomadic Herder Woman and support their networking.

Rural Development & Community Based Tourism Projects


Mongol Yak festival aim's at advocating cultural heritage of Mongolian Yak Nomadic Herders, and offer to incoming tourists Sustainable Sight Seeing of beautiful natural sites in the forest steppe region of Mongolia


"Tes river Mongolians" tourism project aims to advocate livelihoods, customs and cultural heritages of Ethnic Herder Households and Local People living along the basin of Tes River.


Promotional program to advertise Nomadic Lifestyle, Customs and millenary Cultural Heritages of Gobi Nomadic Herder Households.


A local community-initiated Tourism Program to share Cultural and Natural Heritages of Nomadic Herder families living in semi desert Mongolian Steppe Regions.

MNFPUG's Knowledge Management and Public Awareness Raising Projects


Introduce Ecosystem Services of Steppe Grasslands


On site and theorit1cal training of short and long term rangeland health monitoring


CiviI Society Organizations, Cooperatives and their Socio-Economic implications


Training for Youth about the importance of Environmental Protection and Rangeland Ecosystem Services


Knowledge and skills development training for Livestock Raw Material preparation and Standards


Local and International Study Tours to learn from Countries with similar experiences and practices