Adapting Smallholder Dairy Production System to Climate Change

Abstract

Livestock sector is socially and economically very significant in developing countries like India due to the multi-functionality of livestock performing output, input, asset and socio-cultural functions. Rapid population growth, urbanization and income growth in developing countries is fuelling a massive increase in global demand for food from animal origin. Driven by the drivers of demand, the world agriculture is slated to witness livestock revolution in the next 20 years or so (Delgado et al., 1999). However, with looming threat of climate change posing formidable development challenge to biological production systems, concerns have emerged regarding the ability of the livestock system to sustain increase in supply for keeping pace with the burgeoning demand of livestock products. As the issues of vulnerability and adaptation of livestock production to climate change have begun to occupy the center stage for the future course of development of the sector, this chapter focuses on the coping strategies that will have to be put in place for countering the sensitivity of livestock to changing climate.

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  1. 1.National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy ResearchNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.DCN DivisionNational Dairy Research InstituteKarnal, HaryanaIndia

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