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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)1997

Easing seasonal feed scarcity for small ruminants in semi-arid crop/livestock systems through a process of participatory research

Feed - Small Ruminant - Semi-Arid

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Easing seasonal feed scarcity for small ruminants in semi-arid crop/livestock systems through a process of participatory research

Pays : Inde

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R6953

DFID Programme : Livestock Production

Organismes de mise en œuvre
Lead Institutes : Natural Resources Institute (NRI) ; Social Sciences Department, Natural Resources Institute
Managing Institutes : Natural Resources International Limited (NRIL)
Collaborating Institutes : BAIF Development Research Foundation, India

Durée : 01-10-1997 à 30-03-2002

Objectif
Seasonal availability and utilisation of local feed resources for livestock production in semi-arid crop/livestock systems improved and appropriate feed management strategies promoted.

Descriptif
Sheep and/or goats are an important component of the livelihood systems of most agro-pastoralists in semi-arid regions of India, other parts of Asia, and Africa. Thirty per cent of the sheep and goats found in LDCs are located in mixed farming rainfed arid/ semi-arid production systems. They are an important source of cash (from sales of animals and their products), and may also provide valuable subsistence products (milk, meat), and make an important contribution to household nutrition. Poorer agro-pastoralists tend to depend more on small ruminants, particularly goats, than better off ones, in both NW India and sub-Saharan Africa. For these reasons, easing of the seasonal feed constraint could increase the incomes and /or the supply of milk and meat of households that are (in India - and perhaps elsewhere) largely below the poverty line. In NW India goat ownership can also increase livelihood security in drought years, since they tend to be more robust in such conditions than crops and most other livestock.

Total Cost to DFID : £156,082

Présentation : UKAID

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