Working through the SFA in 2018, Johnstons of Elgin founded the first course in Sustainable Pasture Management, with the education authority in the Khenti Region of Mongolia. This course teaches sustainable herding methods to the children of nomadic herders, the next generation of herders. The programme builds on centuries-old nomadic herding practices, where mixed herds of sheep and goats are moved seasonally between pastures.
Using specially developed textbooks modern regenerative farming theories are incorporated into a foundation of cultural traditions. Being the custodians of their environment has always been central to Mongolian nomadic culture, and the Sustainable Pasture Management course supports this, with 432 pupils graduating in the first year. In 2020, the programme will be extended to the whole of the Khenti region and to a further region beyond.