Livestock systems, vulnerability and climate change – Insights from the grass roots

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The proposition
Drylands cover about 41 percent of Earth’s land surface and are inhabited by more than two billion people, of which 90 percent are in developing countries. They are characterised by low rainfall and high evaporation, resulting in lack of water and limited soil fertility, limiting agriculture to a single rain-fed crop each year. These factors constrain the production of crops, forage, wood, and other services related to ecosystems in the regions. It is for this reason that livestock production emerged as the main activity that sustains livelihoods in these low productivity and unstable environments


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