Changing Interface Between Agriculture and Livestock
A Study of Livelihood Options Under Dry Land Farming Systems in Gujarat

by Amita Shah - Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad

The research paper tries to empirically examine the changing profile of distribution and ownership of livestock across regions and households. The analysis specially focuses on dry land regions with a case study of Saurashtra region in Gujarat. The specific objectives are to examine: (a) distribution of livestock population across states and households and discern the changes over time; (b) incidence of livestock ownership across different categories of households in the study region and factors influencing that; and (c) implications for promoting livelihood security through a stronger interface between livestock and agriculture. The analysis is based on secondary as well as primary data collected from a household survey covering six villages in Saurashtra region, in Gujarat, India.

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