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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 10 Ranking with Shagaa in Mongolia

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 10 Ranking with Shagaa in Mongolia Adrian Cullis Figure 1. A Shagaa bone Introduction Extensive livestock production forms the mainstay of the Mongolian economy, providing employment for almost 40 per cent of the population. Policy Alternatives for Livestock Development in Mongolia (PALD) is a research and training project involving collaboration between the Research Institute of Animal Husbandry and the Institute of Agricultural Economics in Mongolia, and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK. A number of studies have been carried out as part of this project (see also Cooper and Mearns et al., this Aims of the exercise issue of RRA Notes), including an investigation, in late 1992, into the potential of The team decided to make use of the Shagaa rainwater harvesting for fodder production. bones for a ranking exercise with herders to Seasonal fodder shortage is a key constraint to rank winter livestock losses over the last 10 livestock productivity, and one which will years. probably be exacerbated by the liberalisation of the Mongolian economy. Methodology The investigation into fodder constraints and the potential for rainwater harvesting involved The herders were very familiar with the names ...

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