Presenter: Dr Lava Yadav

The production of grain crops and livestock rearing are instrumental in supporting the livelihoods of the vast majority of Tibetan households in the cropping and agro-pastoral zones of central and southern Tibet. Once targets for per capita cereal production were met by the turn of the 21st century, policy focus has shifted towards intensification of livestock systems for improving food security and increasing incomes of smallholders. With previous ACIAR projects in Tibet having established inadequate animal nutrition as the primary driver of poor livestock production, the aim of the current project is to identify ways for improving the quality and year-round availability of livestock feed in addition to providing recommendations on the genetic suitability of improved breeds for dairy and sheep meat production. 

This paper reports on a socio-economic study that was conducted to complement the scientific activities of the project. Household surveys were conducted with a total of 144 farming households across two prefectures (Shannan and Shigatze) to identify potential challenges farmers may face in adopting the recommended new technologies and management practices given traditional farming methods, cultural and religious traits, as well as external off-farm influences that have modified household characteristics and goals. These influences and challenges have resulted in a diverse set of attitudes towards farming, and motivated the pursuit of a variable set of livelihood strategies. It is thus crucial that potential beneficiaries are identified in order to achieve effective targeting of the research and extension work. In this study we attempt to identify such households based upon their attitudes towards adoption of new farming technologies. A recording is available - contact us for the details. 

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Dr Dominic Smith
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