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Livestock for sustainable livelihoods – March 2010 – Issue 12.1

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Livestock is an important component in the rural livelihoods providing manure, food, fuel and income to the poor households. Though a lot is being done in promoting commercial production of livestock, livestock as a means of livelihoods has received little attention from the government and the policy makers. A number of grass root initiatives show that sustainable development is possible if small livestock is integrated with the farming systems. We have made an attempt to share such experiences in this issue.


Livestock rearing and ecological agriculture
Ratnagiri farmers make their choice
Nitya Sambamurti Ghotge

Women livestock keepers of South India prefer local to
global breeds
Ilse Köhler-Rollefson and Karthikeya Sivasenapathy

Re-assessing the fodder problem
Mona Dhamankar

Farmer trials on feed management
C K Rao

In Focus – Mitigating global warming while providing
sustainable livelihoods
Narayan G Hegde

Conserving Orans for sustainable livelihoods
Aman Singh and Aditya Gupta

Pastoralists struggle for regaining rights over
conserving orans
T M Radha and Aman Singh

Eco-friendly goat husbandry for sustainable
livelihood of small farmers
Narayan G Hegde and Rajendra K Mahuli

Food as a universal right
Interview with Olivier De Schutter by Mireille Vermeulen

Livestock services to family farmers: free or fee?
– Two views

Common land development
Strengthening institutional and physical spaces for
poor livestock keepers
Rahul Chaturvedi and Sanjay Joshie

Farmers Diary – Leading a flock of sheep
An inspiring account of Veerakempanna

Unpacking a poultry myth
Mamta Dhawan, Lucy Maarse and Ugo Pica-Ciamarra

The Narayana Reddy Column
Indigenous breeds are always profitable than
cross breeds


New Books

Livestock keepers rights and biocultural protocols
tools for protecting biodiversity and the
livelihoods of the poor
Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, P Vivekanandan and H S Rathore