Drought and the farming sector: Loss of farm animals and post-drought rehabilitation













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by

Camilla Toulmin

42, Lavender Grove
London, E8 3LS
U.K.

ALPAN - AFRICAN LIVESTOCK POLICY ANALYSIS NETWORK

Network Paper No. 10
September 1986

A slightly different version was presented at the SAFGRAD International Drought Symposium, Nairobi, 19-23 May 1986. This paper has benefitted from suggestions and comments by Frank Anderson and Addis Anteneh, both of ILCA.

INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK CENTRE FOR AFRICA (ILCA)
P.O. Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Tel: 18 32 15 - Telex: ADDIS 21207

This electronic document has been scanned using optical character recognition (OCR) software and careful manual recorrection. Even if the quality of digitalisation is high, the FAO declines all responsibility for any discrepancies that may exist between the present document and its original printed version.


Table of Contents


Introduction

Effects of drought on farm production and livestock holdings

The interaction between livestock and arable droughts

Farmers' own methods of rehabilitation

Speed of farm rehabilitation
Ways in which farmers can achieve crop recovery

The speed of post-drought recovery

Policy measures to aid recovery of the farm sector

Government policy measures
Direct help to the farm sector

A comparison of alternative policy measures

The cost of doing nothing

Conclusions

References