Small ruminants in the traditional agroforestry system of Mayombe, Congo
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Batalou Mbetani, A. and Bourzat, D. 1989. Small ruminants in the traditional agroforestry system of Mayombe, Congo. In: Wilson, R.T. and Melaku, A. (eds.). 1989. African Small Ruminant Research and Development. Proceedings of a conference held at Bamenda, Cameroon 18 - 25 January 1989. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: ILCA.
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This systems study looks at the human, nutritional and animal resources in the Mayombe primary forest zone of Congo with a view to promoting small ruminant production. In spite of excellent agricultural prospects, the labour force is not very active. Small ruminants are in competition with commercial agriculture but complementary to subsistence production. This explains why the majority of livestock owners are older people attempting to improve their income and overcome social problems through herding livestock. The integration of small ruminants into the existing system is suggested as a way by which the forest can be more rationally used and the quality of life of the populace improved.