par Joiris, Véronique ;Hardouin, J.;Thys, Éric;Fielding, D.
Référence Livestock research for rural development, 15, 4
Publication Publié, 2003
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Mini-livestock encompasses small indigenous vertebrates and invertebrates which can be produced on a sustainable basis for food, animal feed and as a source of income. It includes bush rodents, guinea-pigs, frogs, giant snails, manure worms, insects and many other small species. Mini-livestock production is suitable for backyard family production and can contribute to increased food security. Extension and research are still lacking in many countries due to a traditional emphasis on large domestic animals and a lack of related training and education. However, whilst promoting mini-livestock it should be noted that some of these small animals can represent a serious threat as crop pests. Any zoonotic implications also need to be identified. Mini-livestock development is associated with the desirable long-term preservation of biodiversity. Given the need, awareness and increasing information now available on mini-livestock species it is time for increased investment in this form of sustainable production.