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What does Sustainable Development mean?

It is one of these key words, that come up all the time, but it does not mean the same for everybody. I found one definition that I would like to share with you:

The word "sustain", from the Latin sustinere (sus-, from below and tenere, to hold), to keep in existence or maintain, implies long-term support or permanence. As it pertains to agriculture, sustainable describes farming systems that are "capable of maintaining their productivity and usefulness to society indefinitely. Such systems... must be resource-conserving, socially supportive, commercially competitive, and environmentally sound." [John Ikerd, as quoted by Richard Duesterhaus in "Sustainability's Promise," Journal of Soil and Water Conservation (Jan.-Feb. 1990) 45(1): p.4. NAL Call # 56.8 J822] at

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center web site

Sustainable Agriculture seeks to identify methods to help all producers fabricate an adequate and safe food supply that can thrive thorough the next millennium. Sustainable Agriculture integrates all elements of farm management: "an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term make the most efficient use of nonrenewable and on-farm resources, namly pesticides, fertilizers, wastes, energy, and their economic impact.

The implementation of these principles has to take local conditions into consideration. In poor rural areas, a farmer is first and foremost interested in producing food for himself and his family. This is called substistence farming. Any surplus is sold on the market. Usually cash is scarce, infrastructure poor and most labour is done manually. Any change towards a more market-oriented production has to be considered carefully. These are the principle questions that have to be taken into consideration:

This site hopes to provide information about livestock based sustainable agriculture farming systems. This page provides a number of useful links for development workers, experts in the field and extension officers abroadon the following subjects:

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Livestock based Sustainable Development


MEKARN · Research Cooperation For Livestock-Based Sustainable Farming Systems In The Lower Mekong Basin

UTA · University of Tropical Agriculture Foundation - Cambodia, Colombia, Venezuela

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Biogas · Methane Generation from Livestock Wastes

EERE · U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

FAO regenerative Energien

GATE · German Appropriate Technology Exchange

Multipurpose Trees · Feed resorce · Soil Conservation · Nitrogen-Fixation

CIPAV · Livestock Research for Rural Development · The international journal for research into sustainable developing world agriculture

FACT · Forest, Farm, and Community Tree Network

Indiaagronet Agricultural · Technologies

Livestock · an agricultural Alternative · Extension material

The Mississippi State University Extension Service

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Oregon State University, Corvallis

Penn State University

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