This policy briefing is based on Working Paper No. 9.
The briefing acknowledges the potential of the livestock sector in
poverty reduction amongst the rural poor of India; mainly landless
people and small-scale farmers. Movement towards developing pro-poor
livestock policies is constrained by the neo-liberal policies of the
Indian government and the low organisation of poor producers into
influential groups.Recommendations for effective pro-poor policies are
- Improvement of communal resources, focused on small ruminant, and
poultry farmers is likely to benefit poor producers.
- Livestock-friendly forest policies will improve conditions for
producers on common lands and forests.
- Access to animal health services should be improved.
- Reform of cooperative laws would benefit the dairy industry.
- The marketing commodity chain for small ruminants needs to be studied
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, 2 pp.