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Forage-livestock policies designed to improve livelihoods in Western China: a critical review


  • Colin Brown
  • Scott Waldron
  • Liu Yuman
  • John Longworth


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to show how the promotion of integrated forage/ruminant-livestock industries forms a key plank in efforts to improve rural household livelihoods in Western China. Design/methodology/approach - The paper critiques how this industry development has proceeded in the case of Qingyang prefecture in Gansu. The way in which the industry policy has manifested from central to local levels of government is outlined along with how the industry policy relates to other measures intended to improve household livelihoods. Findings - The outcomes of this forage-livestock industry policy do not always match the intention, and the paper examines the various disconnects that arise between government agencies, government and households and households and the market. The foremost challenge for policy makers is in connecting households and markets. Originality/value - Identifying the impacts of policy and institutional settings associated with forage-livestock systems is crucial if improvements are to be made and as these systems become more widespread in Western China.

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  • Colin Brown & Scott Waldron & Liu Yuman & John Longworth, 2009. "Forage-livestock policies designed to improve livelihoods in Western China: a critical review," China Agricultural Economic Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 1(4), pages 367-381, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:caerpp:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:367-381

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    1. Komarek, Adam M. & Waldron, Scott A. & Brown, Colin G., 2012. "An exploration of livestock-development policies in western China," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 12-20.

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