This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R6774:Strategies for integrating and
optimising livestock production in forest margin farming systems.
In partnership with producers, studies have identified the problems that
farmers living at the edges of forests in tropical Bolivia face when
keeping small animals. The research addressed the needs of chickens,
ducks, pigs, hair sheep and guinea pigs—all of which had been ignored by
past studies. Once problems had been identified, it was possible to
solve many of them using very simple measures. The number of chicks,
piglets and lambs that died was reduced simply by applying up-todate
veterinary guidelines for vaccination and parasite control, for example.
Improving housing and building nest-boxes and farrowing pens also
increased the survival rate of piglets and chicks. Applying this
approach elsewhere could greatly improve the livelihoods of poor
families keeping different types of small animals.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10
pp.) taken from the CD.
LPP20, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 71.