Here is an excellent report about the future of pastoralism, which was an important topic of discussion at the ICG XII in Antalya, during the very popular Agro-Sylvo-Pastoralism Workshop. Although globally, pastoralism is not limited to small ruminants, in nearly every ecological niche, goats and sheep are an important part of pastoralist livelihoods.
Report of the Regional Conference in Fuerteventura (April 2003)
GOATS IN ARID AREAS: specific references and conditions for their increased contribution in rural development
The CaprAA International technical meeting was held in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) in late April, 3rd to 6th under the auspices of the International Goat Association and organised by the Canarian Institute of Agricultural Research (ICIA) with the support of CIHEAM, CIRVAL, FAO and SEOC and the local government (Cabildo) of Fuerteventura. The stakes on the future of animal production in arid areas are important and related with sustainable development. The objective of this meeting was to evaluate what could be the role of goats to strengthen such a development and in what conditions.
Methodologies to evaluate the efficiency of goat production systems, the organisation of goat development and priorities were presented in the main communications and discussed during the round tables.
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