|Livestock Research for Rural Development||2010, Volume 22, Number 8|
The future requirements of society for food and energy can best be met from integrated small to medium family farm systems in which:
· most resources are produced locally,
· the direct and indirect use of solar energy is maximized,
· all wastes are recycled;
· the carbon footprint is negative;
· there are overall environmental and social benefits.
To promote local research on the:
(i) use of local resources for live stock production in ways that are non-competitive with human needs;
(ii) development of systems for producing renewable energy by:
a. biodigestion of animal and human organic wastes;
b. gasification of dry fibrous residues from crops grown primarily as food/feed for humans and live stock;
c. increasing use of draft animal power
(iii) promotion of indigenous live stock breeds that have high reproductive rates and adaptation to use of local feed resources and local climatic conditions;
(iv) regeneration of soil fertility through promotion of tree crops and recycling of organic matter
(v) development of emerging markets for ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration and nutrient sequestration.
(vi) promotion of “farmer“ markets for food produced in environmentally friendly and socially just, family-oriented small-scale farming systems
(vii) improving the efficiency of use of water
(viii) recycling of wastes
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Table 1. Mean bodyweight and body size parameters of male and female Nigerian local Chickens
1.4 9 ± 0.43a
1.13 ± 0.29 a
Body length, cm
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37.2 ± 3.44 a
Body girth, cm
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Livestock Research for Rural Development: http://www.lrrd.org/
Tropical Animal Production: http://www.utafoundation.org/tapindex.htm
Journal of Animal Science: http://jas.fass.org/ (for issues appeared more than one year earlier!)
Journal of Dairy Science: http://jds.fass.org/ (for issues appeared more than one year earlier!)
Annales de Zootechnie (accessible through Animal Research site)
Animal Research: http://animres.edpsciences.org/
Pakistan Journal of Nutrition: http://www.pjbs.org/pjnonline/
Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia: http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_serial&pid=1516-3598&lng=en&nrm=iso
Revista Brasileira de Saúde e Produção Animal: http://revistas.ufba.br/index.php/rbspa/issue/archive
Archivos de Zootecnia: http://www.uco.es/organiza/servicios/publica/az/php/az.php
Most of FAO (http://www.fao.org)
FAO/IAEA (http://www-naweb.iaea.org/nafa/index.html) publications
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