Title: Increasing Contribution that Goats Make to the Livelihoods of Resource Poor Livestock Keepers in the Himalayan Forest Region

Abstract: About 47 percent of Nepalese people live below the poverty line and 85 percent of these people keep goats. Income from goat rearing contributes up to 50 percent of the livelihood of resource poor livestock keepers (RPLK). Landless and nearly landless people often have 5 to 6 goats that act as a safely net when other sources of income fail. This safety net is most useful at the end of the dry season and beginning of the monsoon. However, there is also an increased risk of disease and death of goats at this time. Disease can force farmers to sell goats at a lower price. This study identifies the cause(s) of such losses and appropriate strategies to reduce them. These strategies will promoted by NGOs, private companies and government institution.

Sponsored By : ADAS Research/UK. March 2005. Availability: Not available

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