Taguchi et al., 2015. Agriculture for Development, 26: 7
Livestock production, especially small livestock and dairy production, in peri-urban areas is a fast growing industry. This is due to the growing demand for animal products as urban populations increase and their diets shift to include increased consumption of animal products. On the other hand, urbanisation is also generating a rapid increase of organic biomass in urban areas. These situations create an opportunity for the introduction of an efficient crop-livestock integration model in peri-urban settings to improve nutrient recycling in the urban, peri-urban and surrounding rural areas. However, in order for an efficient crop-livestock integrated system to develop, there must be an enabling policy environment, to facilitate investment in infrastructure and coordinate logistics for biomass collection and use.
This paper deals with how crop-livestock integration in peri-urban settings can improve animal productions and help increasing nutrients recycling. Environmental issues due to livestock and need for environmental policy are pointed out.