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Record number 406963
Title Efficient versus Sustainable Livestock Grazing in the Sahel
Author(s) Weikard, H.P.; Hein, L.G.
Source Journal of Agricultural Economics 62 (2011)1. - ISSN 0021-857X - p. 153 - 171.
Department(s) Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group
Environmental Systems Analysis Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) species composition - dynamics - systems - management - rangelands - degradation - cattle - precipitation - productivity - uncertainty
Abstract To date, there is no consensus on optimal stocking rates in the semi-arid Sahel. We develop a model for livestock management based on a detailed analysis of ecosystem dynamics, and we apply it to calculate optimal and sustainable livestock stocking rates in a Sahelian rangeland. The general model accounts for stochastic rainfall and the long-term impact of grazing on rangeland productivity. For the case study area, the model shows that the optimal stocking rate is higher than the sustainable stocking rate. Hence, with current prices, it is optimal for the pastoralist society to deplete their resource base. In our case study, we also find that the current stocking rate exceeds the optimal stocking rate, which adds to soil depletion
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