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This report describes work undertaken on the classification and characterization of livestock production systems within the framework of the Global Study on Interactions between Livestock and the Environment - Global Prospects and Perspectives coordinated by FAO, the World Bank and USAID. Dr. Amir Kassam, TAC Secretariat, contributed his extensive expertise on the agroecozone classification of the world. Mr. Jan Groenewold assisted throughout the study with computations and searched empirical data on systems' distributions across the globe. Ms. Gabriela Couto also helped in the lengthy computational procedures. Ms. Christine Ellefson-Tavella undertook the laborious editorial work. The inputs of many others within and outside FAO, who reviewed drafts and contributed to the discussions are gratefully acknowledged.

Carlos Seré and Henning Steinfeld
November 1995

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