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International Symposium on Property Rights, Risk, and Livestock Development

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Luseno, Winnie K.; McCarthy, Nancy; Hazell, Peter; Kirk, Michael; Swallow, Brent M.; Meinzen-Dick, Ruth
Conference: Symposium Co-Hosted by International Livestock Research Institute and International Food Policy Research Institute
Location: University of Goettingen, Feldafing, Germany
Conf. Date: September 27-30
Date: 1999
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8053
Sector: Grazing
Social Organization
Region: Africa
Subject(s): livestock
land degradation
property rights
land tenure and use
agricultural development
common pool resources
data collection
Abstract: "Livestock production is one of few options available to millions of impoverished people who live in arid and semi-arid areas of sub-Saharan African (SSA). Livestock are flexible and fungible: they can be moved in response to variable rainfall conditions and can be purchased or sold in response to variable market conditions. Livestock can supply animal traction and play key roles in the transfer and cycling of nutrients for crop production. At the same time, livestock production is often associated with low productivity and low offtake, with land degradation, and with resource conflicts among pastoral groups and between pastoralists and farmers."

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