Contribution of Livestock to Rural Households in a Nepalese Village

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Jha, Dilip Kumar and John Walsh, “Contribution of Livestock to Rural Households in a Nepalese Village,” paper presented at the SIU International Conference (January 30-31st, 2013).

Abstract:

This paper investigates the livestock asset positions of rural households and the contribution of livestock to their income in VDC- Dekaha, Mahottari, Nepal. The majority of rural households keep livestock; the rural poor, defined as those living in rural areas and belonging to the bottom expenditure quintile, are more likely to keep livestock than those in higher quintiles; there are minor differences in herd composition between households, and the contribution of livestock to total income is overall small, with no significant differences across households. This paper reports on research conducted by direct observation of a rural Nepalese household as part of a larger research project involving mitigation of poverty in the country. Interim findings are presented and some implications drawn for future investigation.

Keywords: livestock, Nepal, poverty, rural households

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