Developing profitable dairy and sheepmeat production systems in central Tibet

January 2016June 2020
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

CAEG is among several groups from Australian institutions collaborating on this international project.

We're responsible for two objectives:

  • to evaluate the potential economic impacts and risks of proposed changes to farming systems
  • to identify potential pathways to adoption of the project. 

Specifically, we will:

  • assess economic and farming systems impacts and risks of alternative feed and livestock management strategies and practices
  • assess the impact of market developments and market options on the economics of the alternative livestock management and feeding systems
  • identify acceptability of proposed interventions to farmers and potential barriers to adoption of project outputs
  • develop and implement methods for disseminating information on new options for forage and livestock production
  • develop monitoring and evaluation systems to assess project activities and adoption of new forage and livestock management strategies. 

To address these objectives, we'll revise, update and use the CAEGTibet model of household farming systems in Tibet previously developed by our team. We'll also use focus groups and semi-structured interviews with households, officials and market participants.

Selected publications

Brown, C.G., Waldron, S.A. and Wilkins, J.F. (2017), Specialisation and intensification of farming systems in western China: the case of dairy farmers in Tibet, Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies (forthcoming).

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Project members

Dr Colin Brown

Honorary Associate Professor
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Dr Lava Yadav

Honorary Senior Fellow
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Dr Jing Zhang

Dr Jing Zhang

Honorary Research Fellow
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences