Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
The poorest and most vulnerable people will be the worst affected. The possible effects of climate change are not limited to agriculture and food production, but will also have serious effects on livestock production. Apart from creating new impacts on livestock production, climate change is expected to exacerbate the vulnerability of communities inhabiting these fragile regions further. Within this context, this position paper in progress based on findings from WOTR’s project areas brings out a proposition that intensification of livestock production may not be a sustainable option for fragile ecosystems. Having said this, the paper urges the need to clear certain areas of prejudice and to have special policy measures for livestock production in dry land regions of the country as climate change is here to stay.