Livestock out of balance: From asset to liability in the course of the livestock revolution. Discussion paper

To prevent the mass exodus of small-scale farmers and pastoralists, governments and development professionals need to provide a level playing field for these producers and help them avoid the debt trap.
This study by LPP member Evelyn Mathias investigates the impact of the Livestock Revolution on farmers.The results provide some major food for thought. They do suggest that livestock has turned in many cases from an asset into a liability, since farmers and livestock keepers, in order to remain competitive, are drawn into a debt trap, because of high initial investments on one side, and because they are squeezed between escalating input prices and the consolidated power of the food processors and supermarket chains on the other.
Due to the financial squeeze many farmers find themselves in a position that “forces them to cut costs wherever they can, and creates strong incentives to unethical behaviour.” This observation would seem crucial with respect to current concerns and initiatives to structure and channel the global livestock sector onto a more sustainable track.

  • Title: Livestock out of balance: From asset to liability in the course of the livestock revolution. Discussion paper
  • Author: Evelyn Mathias / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development / 2012
  • Description: To prevent the mass exodus of small-scale farmers and pastoralists, governments and development professionals need to provide a level playing field for these producers and help them avoid the debt trap
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  • Pages: 38

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    Vielfalt statt Monopoly: Für einen Fortbestand der traditionellen Nutztierrassen und der Kultur ihrer Hüter

    Call for livestock-based culture instead of livestock industry; identity instead of rural depopulation, livestock keepers’ rights instead of monopoly, and participation in value chains instead of overproduction by a few giant firms

  • Title: Vielfalt statt Monopoly: Für einen Fortbestand der traditionellen Nutztierrassen und der Kultur ihrer Hüter
  • Author: LPP / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network / LIFE Network / 2011
  • Description: Call for livestock-based culture instead of livestock industry
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    Industrial livestock production and its impact on smallholders in developing countries

    An analysis of the impact of capital-intensive livestock production and how it affects resource-poor smallholders.

  • Title: Industrial livestock production and its impact on smallholders in developing countries
  • Author: Susanne Gura / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network / 2008
  • Description: An analysis of the impact of capital-intensive livestock production
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  • Pages: 65

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    Endogenous livestock development: Strengthening local initiatives using resources sustainably

    Endogenous livestock development means putting small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists at the centre of their own development. It means building on what they already do, and supporting their initiatives to improve their livelihoods, instead of imposing “solutions” from outside. This booklet outlines the endogenous livestock development approach and introduces the ELD Network.

  • Title: Endogenous livestock development: Strengthening local initiatives using resources sustainably
  • Author: Evelyn Mathias / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network / 2008
  • Description: Endogenous livestock development means putting small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists at the centre of their own development
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  • Pages: 23

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    Livestock genetics companies: Concentration and proprietary strategies of an emerging power in the global food economy

    Study of the concentration of control over genetic resources in the hands of a few large companies.

  • Title: Livestock genetics companies: Concentration and proprietary strategies of an emerging power in the global food economy
  • Author: Susanne Gura / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network / 2007
  • Description: Study of the concentration of control over genetic resources in the hands of a few large companies.
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  • Pages: 30

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