Fumi Mizutani Wells Independent Consultant

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2001
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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There is a pressing need to develop and promote strategies for rangeland management and biodiversity conservation for optimum economic returns in pastoral and smallholder systems in Kenya. Current land-use patterns by communities are not environmentally or economically sustainable. Research has indicated that returns to integrated wildlife and livestock production can be higher than returns to either enterprise on its own. In theory, properly balanced mixed livestock-wildlife enterprises could increase revenues and at the same time conserve animal and plant biodiversity on the rangelands , however, there is no conclusive evidence of this. Sustainable livestock production strategies need to be developed that would provide the greatest overall socio-economic benefit to local stakeholders and which are ecologically sustainable in terms of stocking rates.
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