Smallholder livestock farming is a mainstay of the poor

argylesock says… You’ve seen me before, saying that vegetarianism won’t feed the world.

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Goats scavenge a beach at Maputo, MozambiqueLivestock production employs more than 1.3 billion people and livestock keeping is a mainstay of the livelihoods of some 600 million poor farmers in the developing world.

Increasing demand for meat, milk and eggs in poor countries, particularly in India, China and other emerging economies, is driving economic growth.

Making smallholder dairy production more competitive is a powerful tool for reducing poverty, raising nutrition levels and improving the livelihoods of rural people in many developing countries. Rising milk demand, which is growing by about 15 million tonnes per year in developing countries, provides a chance for small-scale dairy farmers to raise their milk production, increase the nutritional status of their households and create jobs.

About 150 million small-scale dairy farming households (750 million people) are engaged in milk production globally, with most of them in developing countries.Over ten years ago, India surpassed the United States as the biggest dairy producer…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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