Indigenous livestock

Indigenous livestock

Raising native species of pigs and chickens provides an important source of food and income for many villagers in Laos. However some aspects of traditional animal raising methods can lead to high rates of disease, and low reproduction rates. TABI is working with farmers to address these issues so that higher production rates can be achieved by (a) improving local food sources, (b) enhancing the use of local medicinal plants for livestock health, (c) improved vaccination  scheduling, and (d) better herd management, mainly to deter disease spread.

Expected Impacts of the Subprojects:

On Agro-Biodiversity

  • Promoting the production of local species of pigs and chickens helps conserve the diversity of these livestock species
  • Improved livelihoods/ incomes due to livestock intensification can reduce over-harvesting pressure on nearby forest areas.

On Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction

  • Intensifying the production of local pig varieties allows for better supplies and returns from local markets
  • More careful methods of raising pigs and chickens reduces losses to disease, and improves reproduction rates
  • Improved feed for livestock greatly improves growth rates over unmanaged foraging grazing practices
  • The increased availability of protein (chicken and pork) improves food security in rural areas with a high incidence of poverty.

For more information on individual subprojects see the table below, or download the most recent project profile PDF document at the download link below.

 

 

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Current Subprojects

Project name

District

 Province 

 Number of villages  

 Number of households  

 Partner 

Improved technique for native pig raising (#8)

Phonsai

Luang Prabang

21

158

PAFO

Native chicken raising promotion linked to ABD conservation, Phoukoud Park (#13)

Phoukoud

Xieng Khouang

4

96

DAFO

Native chicken raising improvement linked to ABD use and management in Keung Longhang and Thay Longkhan (#15)

Phoukoud

Xieng Khouang

18

198

PAFO

Total

43

452