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 titles: R6984: Environmental variability and
productivity of semi-arid grazing systems and R8476: Environmental
variability and productivity of semi-arid grazing systems.
Decision-support tools have now been developed to help decision makers
and livestock keepers address the difficult question of how to cope in
semi-arid areas where forage levels can fall to critically low levels.
Deciding how to manage livestock in these areas, and how many animals to
keep, are difficult choices when rainfall cannot be predicted from one
year to the next. This means that you can't be sure that there will be
enough grazing for your livestock. Using tools like the SimSAGS Decision
Support System will make it easier to balance the many factors that have
to be taken into account when keeping livestock in areas where rainfall
is very variable.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (14 pp.) taken from the CD.
LPP23, 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 64.