Role of Livestock on Smallholder farms in Western Kenya : Prospects for A Dual Purpose Goat.

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1983
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Sands, M. W.
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Michael Winthrop Sands
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The last twenty years of this century will likely be characterized by increased hunger and poverty as world food surpluses are consumed by growing populations. Increasing numbers of small farmers will become, at best, subsistence producers as resources, particularly land and capital, become more expensive (Barney, 1980). This has stimulated an increased interest in the role of livestock in mixed farming systems around the developing world (McDowell and Hildebrand, 1980; Fitzhugh et al., 1978). Do livestock represent a burden on the system, consuming resources that could be put to more productive use; or does the limited resource farmer utilize animals to improve and stabilize complex social and agricultural systems? The thesis of this investigation is that Livestock ownership prepresents one adaptive strategy that small scale farmers in western Kenya use to increase their economic well being.
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