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Why Livestock

By Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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Title: Why Livestock  
Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Language: English
Subject: United Nations., Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. FAO agriculture series, Agriculture
Collections: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Collection
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Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Digitizer: Fao


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Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations, F. A. (n.d.). Why Livestock. Retrieved from

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Excerpt: IN MOST AREAS OF THE WORLD, POVERTY IS STILL LARGELY A RURAL phenomenon. Around 630 million rural poor rely on livestock for their livelihoods (Livestock In Development 1999). A key feature of livestock-keeping is the variety of ways it supports the livelihoods strategies of the poor. Livestock can provide a steady stream of food and revenues, help to raise whole farm productivity and are often the only livelihood option available to the landless as they allow the use of common-property resources for private gain. In addition, at the smallholder level, livestock are often the only means of asset accumulation and risk reduction that can prevent a slide into abject poverty by rural poor in marginal areas. Recent statistics reveal that an estimated 70 percent of poor people are women for whom livestock play an important role in the improvement of status and represent one of the most important assets and sources of income (DFID 2000). Livestock ownership also tends to increase consumption of milk, meat and eggs ? all providing essential nutrients ? and creates employment opportunities within and beyond the immediate household.


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