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The Predicament of the Peasants in Conservation-based Development

Research reports

Issues to be addressed:

  • How to compensate for the loss of pasture?
  • How to design an integrated approach whereby closure is combined with measures to increase fodder production?
  • How to coordinate closure with other, subsidiary measures so that the costs to the peasants are minimised?
  • How to get beyond the routine suggestion of hay production by the 'cut and carry' method? If the fodder is to have maximum nutritional value, it must be cut in September. At that time, however, there is a peak in the demand for labour to weed the fields. There is thus a risk that optimal use of 'cut and carry' will result in a lower yield in the fields.
Jan Hultin