families engaged in goat-rearing

Livestock farming


The livestock sector plays a multi-dimensional role in socio-economic development of rural households. It not only a source of income and employment but also plays a vital role in addressing poverty.

Since the distribution of livestock is relatively more egalitarian as compared to land, livestock rearing as an income generation approach holds greater potential to empower communities residing in the hinterlands.

In India, majority of the rural households own livestock. These households are  predominately small and marginal farmers.


Income from agricultural activities is mainly under the control of men, however women tend to have control over income and operations from small livestock-based livelihoods.

The livestock sector has lot of challenges, especially as marginal and small farmers are still not able to access the market and new technologies for their advancement.

There is a high mortality and morbidity in livestock production, due to the lack of institutional support and capacity building.

Strategic approach

Our livestock programme builds capacities in dairy, goat-rearing, honey production and poultry. We develop village-based cadres of Pashu Sakhis who further facilitate capacity building and training of community members on better-quality of breeds, feeding & husbandry practices, veterinary care, immunisation etc.

The main objective is to enhance the income of rural families by ensuring that they are being paid a fair price and reducing their dependency on middle-men.

Initiative Under Livestock

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