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Present practice and advice on feeding cattle

Are they sustainable? S Rajeshwaran Feeding cattle based on standards and prescriptions may not always lead to a better productivity of livestock. It may be cost intensive, harmful and unsustainable....

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Livestock rearing in the Indian context

Kamal Kishore India has a rich heritage of rearing livestock and is home to number of indigenous breeds. The diversity of breeds itself is a risk mitigation characteristic. There is...

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Gender and policies in livestock production

Issues and opportunities M Manjula, R Rengalakshmi and K Thachinamurthy Paradigm shifts in the approach from “enhancing productivity and efficiency” to “inclusiveness and equity” has led to change in the...

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Mariam Mayet – “Traditional crops..the basis of our food and farming systems”

Traditional crops … the basis of our food and farming systems Mariam Mayet is the director of the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB). In a recent report, ACB turns their...

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Biodiversity builds resilience

Erratic rainfall patterns coupled with monocropping systems have made farming unreliable and highly risky, especially in rainfed regions. Simple practices like water conservation can make a huge difference in preparing...

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Local knowledge, local solutions – Adapting to climate change

The innovations by farmers to adapt to climate change conditions are an evolution of local knowledge.  This knowledge is also relevant and useful to farmers within and outside the area...

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Mani Kottekad – Sustainable dairy farming with local breeds

Mr. Mani Kottekkad is a progressive dairy farmer from Kottekkad village of Palakkad district in Kerala. Till 2012, he was doing dairying with crossbred cattle. Spiralling costs of maintenance, especially...

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Developing climate resilient farming

Small farmers in Bundelkhand are adopting agricultural systems that cope with climate change, with support from Development Alternatives. The initiatives undertaken at the farm level and landscape level, are being...

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