Good livestock health is essential for a productive, stable, healthy and sustainable farm and hence animal welfare is key to creating an agroecological farm. Allowing animals to grow under natural environment where they exhibit natural behaviours creates a more healthy and productive system. Adoption of management practices aimed at improving animal health by building immunity, giving priority to locally-produced feed, using locally-adapted breeds etc., are some of the agroecological ways of managing livestock.
In the September issue of LEISA India we are interested in showing how small farmers manage their livestock in an agroecological and sustainable way. How do they link with farming and other economic activities? What advantages does such an integrated approach bring in terms of food availability, productivity, efficiency or sustainability? How are farmers innovating in the field of livestock management? Are there any investments or financial risks in changing to agro ecological farm? We are interested in highlighting issues related to sustainable fodder and feed production, emerging markets for safe produce and environmental outcomes. Lastly, we will look at the role of local organisations (co-operatives, networks) and we will consider interesting examples of local, regional and national policies favouring sustainable livestock management.
Articles for the September 2017 issue of LEISA India should be sent to the editors before 1st August 2017. Email: email@example.com