Livestock in a Changing Landscape, Volume 2: Experiences and Regional Perspectives

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The rapidly changing nature of animal production systems, especially increasing intensification and globalization, is playing out in complex ways around the world. Over the last century, livestock keeping evolved from a means of harnessing marginal resources to produce items for local consumption to a key component of global food chains. Livestock in a Changing Landscape offers a comprehensive examination of these important and far-reaching trends.


The books are an outgrowth of a collaborative effort involving international nongovernmental organizations including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL), the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), and the Scientific Committee for Problems of the Environment (SCOPE).


Volume 1 examines the forces shaping change in livestock production and management; the resulting impacts on landscapes, land use, and social systems; and potential policy and management responses.


Volume 2 explores needs and draws experience from region-specific contexts and detailed case studies. The case studies describe how drivers and consequences of change play out in specific geographical areas, and how public and private responses are shaped and implemented.


Together, the volumes present new, sustainable approaches to the challenges created by fundamental shifts in livestock management and production, and represent an essential resource for policy makers, industry managers, and academics involved with this issue

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597266734
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Henning Steinfeld, chief, Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch, FAO.
Harold A. Mooney, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University.
Fritz Schneider, vice director, Swiss College of Agriculture, Bern University of Applied Sciences.
Laurie E. Neville, program coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University.
Pierre Gerber, livestock policy officer, Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch, FAO.
Jeroen Dijkman, livestock development officer, Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch, FAO.
Shirley Tarawali, director, People, Livestock, and the Environment Theme,
Cees de Haan, retired livestock development advisor; currently a consultant at World Bank.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Horn of Africa Responding to Changing Markets in a Context of Increased Competition for Resources
Chapter 3. West Africa: The Livestock Sector in Need of Regional Strategies
Chapter 4. India: Growth, Efficiency Gains and Social Concerns
Chapter 5. Brazil and Costa Rica Deforestation and Livestock Expansion in the Brazilian Legal Amazon and Costa Rica: Drivers, Environmental Degradation and Policies for Sustainable Land Management
Chapter 6. China: The East-West Dichotomy
Chapter 7. The United States: Trends in the Dairy Industry and Their Implications for Procedures and the Environment
Chapter 8. Denmark-European Union: Reducing Nutrient Losses from Intensive Livestock Operations
Chapter 9. Nestle: Responses of the Food Industry
Chapter 10. Cross-Cutting Observations and Conclusions
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Chemical Symbols, Compounds and Unites of Measurement
List of Editors and Contributors Index

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